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Going quackers over an online duck race!

Going quackers over an online duck race!

Are you going quackers with finding original fund-raising ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic? A Rotary club in Wales has struck on an original idea which it is encouraging other clubs to share.

An online duck race is proving a big hit as a Rotary fund-raiser.

COVID-19 has decimated many Rotary club’s fund-raising plans since March because of the restrictions around social-distancing, and gathering in large numbers.

The consequence is that clubs are struggling to financially support many of the charities who they fund-raise for each year.

COVID-19 has decimated many Rotary club’s fund-raising plans since March because of the restrictions around social-distancing, and gathering in large numbers.”

Narberth and Whitland Rotary in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, has traditionally held a fund-raising duck race each year.

However, this year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions around the pub and river venue the club uses to host the spectacle.

So instead, the club has developed some software to allow the duck race to take place virtually.

President Chris Williams described the virtual duck race as a great success, as they sold more ducks online than they usually would. “We’re quackers really,” said Chris. “An online duck race, who would have thought it?

“We thought we were out of our depth, but in the end the cash flooded in!”

Mary Adams, from Nartberth and Whitland Rotary said they would like other clubs to take advantage of this scheme, by allowing use of the software for a £50 donation, which will go towards End Polio Now.

“The ducks swim across the screen and a random number selector chooses a winning duck,” explained Mary.

“The ducks quack as they progress and it’s a great online event.

“We have put together a video to promote Rotary and what we do to pad the event out for our online watchers. It was well received by the public.

“All ducks were sold through the club website or by BACS.”

To purchase the software contact Mary Adams at maryadams@hotmail.co.uk