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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
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Get quacking, buy your ducks for the Duck Race


This Sunday 18 October, the Brisbane River at West End will come alive with bright yellow ducks in an effort to stop cancer. The Summertime Riverfest is the PA Research Foundation's final event of their 2015 campaign, and promises live entertainment on the Riverstage, family fun, a chill out zone for adults (18 ) and on water entertainment. This community fun day will help to raise funds for much needed cancer research projects.

Celebrities attending the event will include The Empresarios, Shannon Watkins and other local bands who will perform throughout the day, while Channel 10's Jess Skarratt and Billy Bentley will race duck against duck with the talking heads from 4KQ radio Laurel Edwards and Gary Clare to see who will be the mightiest duck of them all in the Celebrity Duck Race.

The family friendly Kid Zone will be manned by the crew from Totally Wild and will be complete with furry friends and slithery snakes for the kids to get up close to. Other activities include face painting and zorbing, as well as meeting and dancing with street characters.

Race hopefulls can buy their ducks and enter in the race as either individuals or family teams. A single duck costs $5.00, while a family of 6 ducks is $25, a flush of 13 is $50 and a flock of $30 is $100. Businesses or teams may like to go for a flotilla of 80 ducks, $250, or a fleet of 100 ducks is $300. The duck draw will take place at 2pm. All proceeds go towards cancer research at the PA Hospital. This facility is the birthplace of the world's first cancer vaccine and home to amazing medical discoveries and they need your assistance to continue this valuable research.

Duck race
Thousands of ducks take to the Brisbane River to raise money for cancer research.


There are some great prizes on offer, including a new car valued at $40,000 with QLD registration, a Suzuki DT9 9AS boat, outboard and trailer valued at $10,000 and a $5,800 travel voucher, but the highlight of the day will no doubt be watching 40000 ducks be tipped into the Brisbane River and seeing them race 100 meters to the finish line.

The Summertime Riverfest takes place from 10am - 5pm on Riverside Drive, West End. For more information, visit their Website, or visit the pop-up information display in the city in Redacliffe Place - just look for the giant duck!

Duck Race Cancer
Visit the giant duck in the city to find out more infomation
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Why? Raise much needed funds for Cancer research in a fun environment
When: 10am-5pm
Phone: 0731762359
Where: Riverside Drive, West End
Cost: Single Duck - 5.00; Family of 6 ducks - 25.00; Flush of 13 ducks - 50.00
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