‘SUMMERTIME RIVERFEST featuring AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST DUCK RACE’ for cancer research
The 10th annual Summertime Riverfest featuring Australia’s Biggest Duck Race was a fly away success as thousands flocked to the banks of the Brisbane river at West End on Saturday 15 October to celebrate ten years of the duck race for life-saving cancer research.
From the Team Duck Race Challenge, Giant Duck Celebrity row race and of course Australia’s Biggest Duck Race it was the quackiest day on offer.
With the weather on point for a great day the crowds certainly took the challenge and enjoyed what the day had to offer, from Australia’s Biggest Duck Race to the St George Gone Quackers Kids Zone and a smorgasbord of Brisbane’s best live music performances on the Pradella Riverstage and tantalising gourmet street food from the Regatta Hotel.
The highlight of the day was of course the main event where 40,000 highly trained rubber ducks each with their own number on it, battled it out over a 100m course on the Brisbane River. A few feathers were ruffled in the race towards the finish line however lucky duck number 15641 managed to wing his way across the finish line winning its owner a brand-new car. Congratulations to Alessandra from Auchenflower.
Not to be outdone was the Team Duck Race with 25 teams registering to take part and over $40,000 raised for cancer research.
It was a challenge laid down early with 7 teams signing up for the motorised category each vowing to ruffle some feathers on the day. The rest of the flock decided to fly the coup with 18 teams signing up for the non-motorised race category. Prior to the race the ducks were all very cautious not to be caught with a feather out of place as security was tight around the flotilla of entrants!
Congratulations to Team TBC’s for winning the motorised team duck race with a time of 5.12 sec over 75 metres.
Well done to the non-motorised team taking home the coveted team trophy, the Spring Lake Hotel.
This year also saw our youngest fundraising duckling in the history of the event sign up to take part in the team duck race.
At 7 years of age Arlo Beale already has a mighty duck tale to tell and his story touched the hearts of all after hearing about his battle with cancer.
Arlo was diagnosed just before his 4th birthday with Wilms Tumour, a cancer of the kidney that typically occurs in children.
The diagnosis left his family in shock and asking why, as this was the second battle Arlo had to face in his short life – the other being a heart condition when he was a baby.
Dad Jesse said it was heartbreaking to watch Arlo go through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, which saw him in and out of hospital for almost a year.
One of the rare occasions Arlo and his family ventured out when he was undergoing treatment was to see the Duck Race. He was so excited to be there and see the ducks on the water, it was the happiest they had seen him in a long time.
It was that moment Arlo’s Dad promised him that in one year’s time they would sign up to take part in the Team Duck Race and help raise funds for cancer research.
Arlo’s Dad kept his promise and this year they entered their team “The Water Tight Ducks” to take on the flock in the team duck race.
Like ducks to water they raised an inspiring $5,300 for cancer research. Arlo is now getting his ducks in a row for next year’s big race and hoping to ruffle a few feathers along the way to being top duck in 2017!
We’d like to thank everyone who took to the water and raced on the day in support of the duck to stop cancer. You can sign up here to find out when registrations open for 2017!
Congratulations to the top fundraisers:
Top fundraising team: Team TBC’s $10,700
Top corporate team fundraiser: Fitzy’s Tavern $3,028
As the sun set on the race that quacks the nation the ducks flew back to their flock for a well-earned rest and left crowds to celebrate into the evening.
Revellers flocked to the Pradella Riverstage and got their groove on dancing to Brisbane’s best local artists from RnB sounds of CKNU, to the rockabilly tunes of the Hi-Boys through to the suave moves and catchy tunes of the Cheap Fakes, no one would have missed a beat at this party.
Thank you to everyone who supported the day from buying a ticket in the Australia’s Biggest Duck Race, registering in the Team Duck Race, buying official duck merchandise and donating to the PA Research Foundation to support the duck to stop cancer. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!
If you would like to support the duck to stop cancer don’t fluff about and donate today you might just save a life.