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Sunday, 24 February 2019 03:09 pm

Charities win as yellow fever strikes Hutt

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DOGGED ENTHUSIASM: Animals and children loved the thrill of chasing the thousands of ducks. PHOTO: Michelle Cooper

A RUBBER DUCK named Christmas Quacker might not have won yesterday’s corporate duck race on the Hutt River but its owner, Ross Ferguson of Coastguard New Zealand, was still happy to do his bit.

Coastguard New Zealand was one of the four charities receiving proceeds from the Great New Zealand Englefield Duck Race, organised by Mike Raynes and Paul Mexted, of Petone Working Men’s Club.

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CHARACTER ACTOR dresses the part. PHOTO: Kaitlin Stuthridge

Coastguard NZ helped with selling tickets and members were handing out safety information at the event.

Mr Ferguson entered his own corporate duck into the race, decorated in Christmas decorations.

Mr Raynes says the event has been run in two previous years. “The first year we raised money for our local Te Omanga Hospice, then with the growth of the event, we just added more charities to the mix.

“It’s new, it’s different, it’s unique and it certainly raises a substantial amount of money for the charities involved.”  The total sum raised won’t be confirmed until next week.

Sponsored by the Hutt City Council in association with Petone Working Men’s Club, the duck race raised money for Te Omanga, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute as well as Coastguard NZ.

Good weather and a good cause saw thousands participate yesterday.

Dogs and children were in their element, playing in the water as the ducks floated past.

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FINISH LINE below Ewen Bridge: Crowds await the first ducks home. PHOTO: Kaitlin Stuthridge

Children helped volunteers place the ducks, which floated the wrong way, back into the race.

The $5 rubber ducks floated down the Hutt River between Melling Bridge and Ewen Bridge from about 11am. It took over an hour and a half for the ducks to reach the finish line.

Businesses had the chance to buy a corporate duck for $200 and decorate them for the race. 

A spa pool and $500 was awarded to the winner of the race, Jeanette Rowland.

Instant Finance won naming rights to next year’s event as their prize for coming first in the corporate race.

A bouncy castle, sausage sizzle and live performer entertained the crowd as they waited.

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  1. Please find a video of this event Cheers

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