Race is going to be a quacker
‘‘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.