Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Just like Ducks to Water; Annual Race Has Become Ballina Icon

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Just like Ducks to Water; Annual Race Has Become Ballina Icon

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Byline: Graham Broadhead Graham.Broadhead@northernstar.com.au

A LOT of water has passed under the bridge since the first Rotary Great Duck Race in Ballina -- and a lot of ducks have floated by.

This year's event, to be held on Sunday, October 23, in the Richmond River in front of Fawcett Park in Ballina's CBD, will be the 25th anniversary race.

It is organised by the Rotary Club of Ballina, and has in previous years raised an average of $6000 to $10,000 for Rotary and community projects.

The idea began with former Rotarian Stuart Dautel who suggested the race as a novel fundraiser.

The first race was held in 1992 in the canal near the Burns Point Ferry.

It has grown to be very popular in the community, with great prizes on offer.

The plastic ducks will be set off by the starter at about noon, but there will be plenty of other things to do in the park before.

The Rotary Family Fun Day will be held in conjunction with the duck race, featuring market stalls, music, children's activities and food stalls. …

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