On Saturday July 12, a flotilla of 3,750 bright yellow plastic ducks made its way down the River Stour having helped to raise more than £5,500 to be distributed to charities in the local area by the Canterbury Rotarians later in the year.
The yellow ducks (representing each donation) were cast adrift in the swift-flowing waters of the city’s river at the start point at Toddlers Cove, with each duck fighting for position over the quarter-mile course. There were two categories of racers – those sponsored by individuals at a cost of £1, and corporate ducks sponsored by local businesses at £25. The three winning ducks won £250, £100 and £50 for their lucky sponsors, and the corporate duck won its sponsor six bottles of Champagne.
The winner of the £1 duck race was Hannah Wright, a student from Dover who claimed a first prize of £250.
Viv Pritchard, President of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, said, “I am very grateful for the support from Kent Reliance which has helped generate funding for the variety of causes we support every year. The Rotary Club is a wonderful international movement devoted to the selfless service of others who are adversely affected by economic or social circumstances or poor health. We also provide opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential including the encouragement to become good citizens, preparing them for a successful career and by excelling in sports or the arts. All of the work we do is only possible with the generous donations of the public and our sponsors. The annual Duck Race is a key event in our fundraising calendar. We had a great turn out this year and would like to thank all the sponsors and those who contributed to this great event.”
Robert Gurr, Communications Manager, OneSavings Bank Plc and Kent Reliance, who presented the President of the Rotary Club with the donation earlier this week, said, “We’re proud to support the Canterbury Rotary Club’s programme of helping those in need within the local community. The Annual Duck Race is an important part of the Canterbury fundraising calendar and it was wonderful to see it attended and supported by so many local people.”