Kindy a win­ner in duck race

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

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.

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