Race is go­ing to be a quacker

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‘‘Come and en­joy a day out next to a beau­ti­ful river that's right on our doorstop, with great en­ter­tain­ment’’

A to­tal of 1000 yel­low ducks are set to ven­ture from Tuakau Kin­der­garten, down to Les Batkin Re­serve on the banks of the Waikato River, where they will pre­pare for the race of their lives.

The toy wa­ter­fowl will wade into the Waikato River for the an­nual Tuakau Kin­der­garten Duck Race on Novem­ber 19.

Race com­mit­tee mem­ber Lisa Brun­ton said or­gan­is­ing the event was no easy feat, but she now had all her ducks in a row. She said the day would be a quacker.

‘‘Come and en­joy a day out next to a beau­ti­ful river that’s right on our doorstop, with great en­ter­tain­ment...it’s a com­mu­nity event that’s free and ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­one.’’

Peo­ple who pop down to have a gan­der will be treated to ac­tiv­i­ties galore, in­clud­ing a bouncy cas­tle, KindyRock Jig­gles, an ob­sta­cle course, the kin­der­garten’s play truck, fairies, a trea­sure hunt, fire en­gines and more.

Those who would like to buy a ticket for a rac­ing duck can pur­chase one from the kin­der­garten for $5. The money raised will go to­wards the kin­der­garten’s projects, in­clud­ing a make over for the re­cy­cling area.

‘‘The re­cy­cling area can only be ac­cessed by adults.

‘‘We want to change it to be friendly and invit­ing and a part of the kids learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It’s very im­por­tant to us to teach the kids that that’s what you do - the kids know what is re­cy­clable and what’s com­post and what goes into the worm farm.’’

Each toy duck is num­bered and has the chance to win some cool prizes, but win­ners must be present to be able to col­lect their prize.

Brun­ton said for those con­cerned about ducks at­tempt­ing to es­cape out to sea, there was no need to worry.

‘‘We have peo­ple with qual­i­fi­ca­tions that de­ter­mine where the cur­rents are go­ing and that’s how we de­cide where it starts...We’ve never ever lost a duck into the sea.

‘‘For the one or two ducks that might be dif­fi­cult, the Tuakau Sea Scouts are in the ca­noes for any rogue lit­tle ducks.

‘‘We are an En­vi­roschool so it’s very im­por­tant to us that we run it prop­erly.’’

The event runs from 11am-3pm and will go ahead rain or shine.


Tuakau Kin­der­garten kids can’t wait for the an­nual fundraiser that will see 1000 lit­tle ducks race on the Waikato River.

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