Kindy a winner in duck race
This year’s Havelock North Central Kindergarten Annual Duck Race was the biggest ever, says the kindergarten’s head teacher Frances Blake.
“The weather was fantastic and it brought out our biggest crowd yet,” she says.
It was the eighth running of the event, which pits a swarm of little yellow plastic ducks against one another in a race down the Karamu Stream, each bearing a number on its plastic posterior.
The holders of the winning numbers gain prizes sponsored by local businesses and individuals and in a first this year, the ducks were able to be purchased online as well as from the kindergarten and selected businesses in the Village.
“This meant we had people from outside the area involved in cheering on the ducks, as well as our local families,” says Frances.
Recent tree felling and development along the Havelock Road to Crosses Road stretch of the stream meant a strong Hawke’s Bay Regional Council effort to get the raceway mowed and prepared for the event, which Frances says was much appreciated by the families and the stallholders.
The fundraiser made $15,000 for the kindergarten, an unprecedented amount and a big achievement from the kindy’s 45 families, which will be put towards stage two of the kindy’s outdoor development.
“We are building a huge deck and opening up the back of the kindergarten building with bifold doors,” says Frances.
“We are also doing some landscaping which includes a cottage for our family corner.
“We would like to thank all our amazing sponsors and also Rebekah Porou who organised the event.”
The first three ducks home were number 705 Ginny Liddle; 580 Gill Fookes; and 1960 Colleen Wilkinson.
Full results are available on the HavelockNorthAnnualDuckRace Facebook page.
GO DUCKS GO: It was “ducks away” and fingers crossed as the Havelock North Central Kindergarten’s annual duck race took place on Karamu Stream.