Former Swan runs rubber duck race

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Half their ducks: Thousands of rubber ducks race along Kananook Creek in Frankston’s first Rubber Duck Derby. Pictures: Yanni

Half their ducks: Thousands of rubber ducks race along Kananook Creek in Frankston’s first Rubber Duck Derby. Picture: Yanni

SPECTATORS lined Frankston’s foreshore last Monday hoping their lucky ducky would be the one to win them some big bucks.

It was a race meet with a difference trying to make a difference.

The inaugural Rubber Duck Derby in Frankston was a fundraiser for the Cancer Support for Families Foundation. Entrants ‘bought’ rubber ducks which competed to be first across the finish line in Kananook Creek.

Race organiser Brett O’Farrell couldn’t have been happier with the outcome on the day.

“It was a great result – we raised about $20,000 from the race,” he said.

Mr O’Farrell previously worked at the Cancer Council and has established the CSFF as a way to support the families of cancer sufferers.

Often, family members have to take time off work to help care for and support relatives with cancer.

“There can be a huge cost to families financially when someone has cancer and many other charities do a fantastic job raising money for cancer research but this is something a bit different,” Mr O’Farrell said.

The Chelsea resident had a playing stint in the AFL turning out for both the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn in the late 1990s before turning his hand to working in sports event management.

He said the skills he learned managing sports events has proven to be invaluable after he moved into the not-for-profit fund raising sector.

Kathleen Burgess’ rubber duck was first past the post in the race between Playne and Davey streets last Monday, scooping up a $2000 first prize. Rebecca Sweeney’s duck was placed second, earning $1000 for its owner. Brooke Holloway received $500 for a third place duck finish.

The CSFF will be holding more fund raising events throughout the year.

Mr O’Farrell plans to host another rubber duck derby at Kananook Creek next year to build on the positive reception to this year’s event. Visit www.csff.org.au for further information.

 

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