Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Lucky Ducks

Last night I was down at the boathouse helping to put our womens' eight back together after the Boston Marathon. As I walked along the river, I saw some people with a punt stringing some grey floats across the river, and I was very intruiged! Soon it all became clear, as several hundred rubber ducks were launched off Victoria Avenue bridge. (Sadly I didn't have my camera on hand to capture that moment!)

It was the annual Duck Race run by the Cambridge Building Society to raise money for charity, and it was quite a spectacle as the ducks gently drifted toward the finish lines. I can't find any links to this year's event, but last year, members of the public were encouraged to call into one of the Society’s 23 local branches and adopt a duck to raise funds for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice, Dogs for the Disabled and the Sunshine Club, which provides activities for children with autistic spectrum disorders who live in Cambridge.

They were very conscientious and fished out every last duck, even one that had gone for a wander off near the Fort St George, but it would have perhaps been better to have 'marshalls' on the bank to warn motor vessels of the event a bit further up and down river!

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