Duck race brings in over $7,000 for air rescue trust

by Peter Newport - Oct 23, 2022

A bright yellow brigade of highly decorated corporate ducks made a dash through central Queenstown today in support of the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust (LDART).

Sponsors had paid $250 each for over 40 entries while spectators had a chance to buy a smaller racing duck for the second of two races from the Village Green to the lake.


It was a slow start but it still managed to completely spook the regular resident ducks!

Battling fierce headwinds, the ducks had a tough journey ahead of them but after around 20 minutes of (slow speed) racing the winning duck crossed the finish line ataround 3.30 pm.

The duck race was a crowd favourite

The winning duck belonged to the local branch of law firm Wynn Williams who had proudly decorated their entry as a majestic Queen duck representing their all-female office.

Top Duck - the winning duck (complete with crown and pearls) belonged to local law firm Wynn Williams and was proudly welcomed at the finish line by Wynn Williams partners Jenna Adamson (left) and Alice Balme

Crux the Duck managed to finish a respectable sixth and a good 15 minutes before the final stragglers made it to the lake shore.

A very respectable sixth place for Crux the Duck

Jules Tapper, Chairman of the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust, said he was thrilled with the race and the amount raised, adding that the trust needs $500,000 a year in public support to keep our local medical choppers in the air.

“Its tough raising that amount of money every year” Mr Tapper told Crux at the event. “But we have pleasant surprise from time to time, such as when someone from Balclutha recently left us over $100,000 in their will. It’s easy to do, so if anyone locally wants to support us via a donation or a bequest – please get in touch.

Rotary race organiser Tim Wilshire said he was pleased to see the iconic charity event back in Queenstown after Covid disruption. The top place getters all received vouchers worth up to $550 from local services and retailers.

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