Rotary has been active in the community of Cairns since 1927 and been a great supporter of The Doctor Edward Koch Foundation, especially with its famous Duck Race held each year at Cairns Lagoon.

What started off as a novelty and an idea brought back from America by one of the Cairns Rotary members David Kirchner, has now become a long standing event which has been running for the past 12 years.

“It is a lot of fun and we have come a long way since our first event which attracted over 2,500 people.” said David. “The first year the Duck Race was not run at the lagoon but on the foreshore and with the change in wind, all our ducks decided to head out to sea. So there we were - me and a few other Rotarians up to our chins in water trying to get the ducks back to shore and it was a great day had by all.”

The Duck Race is a fun event where business or corporations can purchase a plastic duck (or several) to enter the race and whoever gets to the other side of the lagoon first - is the winner. Last year, first place duck received $2,500 worth of free advertising with local radio station Star FM and each duck also had the opportunity to be dressed up. A prize was given for the best dressed duck of the day.

Rotary does a great deal to help the community and many people are now at the age where they want to give back. The club is trying to attract younger blood to keep the legacy of Rotary and its good work alive for future generations to come.

“There is no minimum age to be a Rotarian and we are encouraging younger people to come on board” explains David. “Rotary club is not just for older people and we are looking forward to continuing to help the community for many years to come”. 

The Duck Race runs every year in September and is a fun day for everyone to enjoy. 

There have been 12 duck races held in Cairns and Rotary has supported the Dr Edward Koch Foundation the entire time, donating the proceeds of the Rotary Corporate Duck Race to the Foundation….and for that we would like to say a big THANK YOU!

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