FLYING HIGH: Sofia, Tracey and Stevie Foukkare from the Gallery Cafe are all smiles after taking out the Great Duck Race on the Richmond River yesterday.
FLYING HIGH: Sofia, Tracey and Stevie Foukkare from the Gallery Cafe are all smiles after taking out the Great Duck Race on the Richmond River yesterday. Ross Kendall

3000 rubber ducks race the Richmond in annual charity event

THE 23rd staging of the Great Duck Race has been labelled a success, ensuring the annual event remains atop Ballina Rotary Club's fundraising schedule.

Blue skies and virtually no wind provided the back drop for the more than 1000 rubber ducks that featured in the family-focussed fundraiser at Ballina yesterday.

"We are very happy with the result, the race day was as good as it has ever been," Rotarian John Anderssen said.

People were able to buy a ticket corresponding to one of 1000 ducks and the first duck to float past the finish line earned a shopping voucher worth $500.

Courtney Gordon and Pam Glock were the individual winners.

Individuals supported 3000 ducks with at least 100 corporate ducks also getting into the action.

Winnie Fisher enjoys the view from the shoulders of her grandfather Warren Fisher.
Winnie Fisher enjoys the view from the shoulders of her grandfather Warren Fisher.

Money raised has been used to fund the Ballina SLSC jet boat, Marine Rescue and the Biala Special School.

A duck decorated with long pink eyelashes and pink feathers won the corporate category for the Gallery Cafe.

Cafe owner Tracey Foukkare said she entered the event to support the community.

"All our customers are local so it was good to give something back," she said.

Ms Foukkare said decorating the duck with a few pink feathers had possibly provided the winning edge.

Chrissy Wilson-Fox and Gary Fox watch the action with their dog Missy.
Chrissy Wilson-Fox and Gary Fox watch the action with their dog Missy.

"We thought it might pick up some extra wind," she said.

Danny Singh from Italian restaurant La Cucina won the best dressed duck prize.

"It is great to be able to help, it is all for a good cause," he said.

The team from Want Gas Plumbing fielded a motorised duck but it was disqualified despite entertaining spectators.

La Cucina restaurant owner Danny Singh (right) accepts the best dressed duck award from Rotarian Don Conson.
La Cucina restaurant owner Danny Singh (right) accepts the best dressed duck award from Rotarian Don Conson.


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