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The annual Five Buck a Duck Race on the Taruheru River on Saturday raised around $20,000 from what turned out to be the biggest race day the Rotary Club of Gisborne has staged.

A fleet of a thousand yellow plastic ducks and 99 decorated duck hunting decoys made their way sedately down the river from midday.

Both fleets covered the distance in 15 to 20 minutes.

“Our long-time corporate supporters Subway took out the corprorate race,” said race organiser Bill Thorpe. “The runners-up were Pete Burgess Contracting and Dawson Building Co.”

The best dressed ducks in the corporate section came from Martins Event & Party Hire.

There were seven major prize winners in the standard yellow duck race.

“It drew the biggest crowd we’ve had for some time,” Mr Thorpe said.

“We were lucky with the weather. We got the perfect weather window. It also helped that races coincided with the Farmers’ Market.”

“It was highly successful and we would like thank the volunteers from outside the club who helped us run it.

“We had people there from the Gisborne Yacht Club and Midway Surf Life Saving Club.”

The event is a fundraiser for Gisborne Life Education Trust and various Rotary youth scholarships and programmes including Outward Bound, an Australian exchange and university summer school.

The event was supported by Mainfreight, the Yacht Club Rescue Trust (Peter Millar and family, John Wells and Glenn Watt), John McPherson and Bruce van Dorp, Midway SLSC and The Gisborne Herald.


CRUISE MODE: They called it a race but this paddling of “competitors” in the Five-Buck-a-Duck Race on the Taruheru River on Saturday did not show a great deal of urgency in front of the largest crowd to turn out for the annual fundraiser organised by the Rotary Club of Gisborne. Pictures by Paul Rickard
The plastic fantastics in the yellow duck race are released from Peel Street Bridge.
The corporate race decoys are herded towards the finish. Subway took the corporate honours.