It seems like a bath’s worst nightmare; but to locals and tourists at Brisbane’s West End, the Great Brisbane Duck Race took success once again. Now in its 6th year, the PA Research Foundation’s Duck Race is Australia’s largest charity duck race, raising funds for cancer research at Queensland’s leading research hospital – The Princess Alexandra Hospital.
A skip full of up to 40,000 rubber ducks took part, racing over a 100m trail in the Brisbane River. The community or corporate events could buy a duck in the race, and enjoy the strip along the water of entertainment including live music, jumping castles, food stalls, and competitions. Motorised duck races also took place throughout the day, with a few row-boats thrown in. Luckily, the weather brought a bright sunny day for the event, and showed to be a great family and business day out.
Total money hasn’t been totalled yet, but it can only be expected that it will top last year’s 30,000 ducks raising $200,000 for cancer research; with the lucky winner this year of Nick Hopkins. The PA Research Foundation’s hard work of dedicated research teams means that many patients are able to beat the odds and live a full life. The Great Brisbane Duck Race definitely shows the Australian humour and frivolity, with the passion to give a helping-hand.