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The Great Brisbane Duck Race 2013

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Waddle it be? A quacking good time
Do you suffer from a horrible, irrational fear that somewhere a duck is lurking, watching you? If you're one of Gary Larson's andtidaephobiacs then you should probably stop reading now and seek help. But if the thought of a giant yellow duck and a flotilla of 40,000 yellow plastic ducks surging down the Brisbane River sounds like fun, read on. Brisbane's annual anatine adventure, also known as the Great Brisbane Duck Race, is the premier fundraising event for the PA Research Foundation and its work in cancer research. It's back with a quack on Sunday 20 October.

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There are a few ways you can get involved in this great family-friendly event:

1. Buy a duck

You can buy a rubber duck for the day's great race down the river. Well, you actually don't get the duck, just a ticket that corresponds with a numbered race duck. If your lucky quacker is the first across the finish line you will win a brand new car to the value of $25,000 from Motorama, with second place scoring a very handy $1500. So why stop at just one?

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Buy your duck tickets here. There are 40,000 available in all and you can purchase one for $5, a ducky family (6 ducks) for $25, a flush (13 ducks) for $50, a flock (30 ducks) for $100, a flotilla (80 ducks) for $250 and your very own fleet (100 Ducks) for $300. And Sydneysiders thought the International Fleet Review was a big deal.

2. Enter the Team Duck Race Challenge

In the Team Duck Race Challenge you can enter a team of up to ten people (think family, friends, work team), fund-raise for cancer research, and have a quacking good time as well. The object is for your team to raise $1000.

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Register your team here and you'll receive team T-shirts, your very own large racing duck and a fund-raising kit with ideas for fund-raising, to get you started. Then you can decorate your giant rubber race duck and enter it in the Motorised or Non-Motorised team races. You're only limited by your imagination (as well as the scientific laws of aerodynamics and flotation). Add motors, paint, feathers, waterproofing, batteries - whatever you think will give you that competitive edge. A number of prizes are on offer including Top Fundraising Team and Best Dressed Duck.

3. Attend one of the best family fun days in Brisbane

Head on out to Riverside Drive, West End for all the race day action and entertainment on Sunday 20th October. Waddle it be? Fun for the whole family, with live entertainment, a huge number of food stalls, rides for the kids, a licenced area for adults, and of course, the river races. The day's full program will be released soon. Check the website closer to the date for more information.

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4. Make a Donation

You can donate to a team or individual, or make a one-off or ongoing donation to the PA Research Foundation. See the details here.

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So get quacking, shake a tail feather and duck on over, firstly opposite the Regatta Hotel on the river for a glimpse of The Giant Duck himself before race day, and secondly to West End for the Great Brisbane Duck Race Festival on Sunday 20th October. You might just help save a life.
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Why? Family fun and fund-raising for a worthy cause.
When: Sunday 20th October 2013.
Where: Riverside Drive, West End
Cost: Free to attend. Purchase ducks from $5 or enter a team for $100.
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