DRESSED UP DUCKS: As part of St John’s annual duck race down the Maitai River this Sunday, some local businesses have dressed up their sponsored ducks including, from left, Francis Lagrutta from Nelson Auto Glass, Rhys Griffith from St John and Keith Adams from Forsyth Barr. Photo: Andrew Board.

Businesses get behind St John’s duck race

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A flotilla of 1000 ducks will race down the Maitai River this Sunday to raise money for St John Nelson.

Tickets are now on sale for 1000 small, numbered ducks that will race for fantastic prizes, including $1000 travel voucher for the first small duck across the finish line.

Tickets are $10 each and ticket holders are not required to be at the race to claim prizes.

A new addition this year is the Corporate Duck Challenge, where businesses can buy a large plastic duck to dress, decorate and even modify, for a $200 donation to St John. Large ducks will be judged for “best dressed duck” and race for some great prizes.

The duck race will start at 1pm on the Maitai River at Bridge St, with pre-race fun and activities starting at 11.30am at Duck Race HQ, and finish line, by the Collingwood St Bridge.

“The St John duck race provides a wonderful opportunity for the people of Nelson to enjoy the beautiful Maitai River setting, while supporting St John ambulance and community services in the Nelson area”, says Keith Adams, chair, St John Nelson area committee.

Duck race tickets are available at ASB Bank, Fresh Choice, Atawhai Four Square, Tozzetti Panetteria in Halifax St and St John Nelson.

For more information call Sarah McCabe on 546 9445 x2 or visit www.facebook.com/stjohnduckrace