Ducks race for charity on Sunday
What’s the difference between a duck? The number on its little yellow ducky tummy is what, writes Richard Mays.
Five hundred numbered rubber ducks have been in training for the Red Cross Duck Race this Sunday. At around 3.15pm, their handlers will tip the little dabblers off the Fitzherbert Bridge into the Manawatu River, allowing them to bob downstream to the end of the Okatia Steps.
There a posse of duck wranglers will capture the little yellow ‘floatees’ in a flounder net and award prizes to the winning owners.
For just five bucks a duck, anyone can take a punt on winning goods, vouchers and services from a raft of city businesses who’ve climbed aboard this plucky Red Cross fundraiser.
The organisation’s Sonja De Lange says up to 20 city businesses are sponsoring the waterborne lottery, and that level of response has been heartening.
Now it’s up to the public to rent a duck or two to help Red Cross finance its local services, such as refugee resettlement, Curtainbank, Meals On Wheels, first-aid courses and the Rise Up youth programme.
Hardie Park off Centennial Dr at the Fitzherbert Ave end of the bridge is where the feathery floaty festivities will focus.
‘‘The Youth Space stage and sound system will be down by the river; we’ll have a sausage sizzle. People will be able to rent ducks there from 2.45pm, but can rent
A posse of duck wranglers will capture the little yellow ‘floatees’ in a flounder net and award prizes to the winning owners.
them in advance from the Palmerston North Service Centre at 245 Main St.’’
Entries are also available from the Lido and Freyberg pools, Ruahine Kindergartens, and the Rangitikei St Red Cross shop.
Sonja plans six separate agerelated races, though the classes for kindergarten through to uni and adult participants, can be amalgamated depending on the number of entries.
So, practise a ducky face, rehearse the duck walk, pray it won’t be good weather for ducks, and head to the riverbank this Sunday arvo. Winning ticket holders don’t have to be there to claim their prizes, but they’d be quackers to miss out on the fun.
A deluge of ducks comes down around Red Cross Humanitarian Services manager, Sonja De Lange. These cute little bath-tub critters will be bobbing their way to the finish line in the big river this Sunday.