As thousands of yellow rubber ducks tumbled into the Water of
Leith yesterday there was just one problem - a light
Many of those ducks which did not hit the direct current of
the Leith slowly drifted upstream rather than down, proving
problematic for the annual Charity Duck Race.
''We had to shorten the race a little as the wind got up and
started blowing the ducks,'' organiser John Nelson, of the
Dunedin East Rotary Club, said.
The race was a huge success with entries in the yellow duck
race and the corporate contest up on last year, he said.
More than $20,000 was raised for Cure Kids Inc, Otago
Community Hospice, Autism Otago Support Group, the Child
Cancer Foundation and Rotary Community Projects.
''We'll definitely be doing it again.''
About 100 ducks were entered in the corporate competition
which was won by Mercy Hospital, with the best dressed duck
going to Fulton Hogan, and 5000 yellow ducks floating in the
longer charity race from the Clyde St bridge to below the
Forth St bridge.
Those winners will be published in Wednesday's Otago Daily