Library picture: Yellow plastic ducks are launched into the Pétrusse river during the Duck Race held in April 2015
Photo: Mike Zenari
One of Luxembourg’s most unusual and most popular annual events, the Duck Race, is back this month, and aims to raise thousands for children in need.
It all started with a crazy idea for a fundraiser: why not organise a plastic duck race, like those one finds at funfairs, but bigger? Much bigger! Ten members of the Round Table Luxembourg and 6,000 plastic ducks later, the first edition of the Duck Race was launched. The success was immediate, and it quickly became an annual tradition in Luxembourg. Seventeen years later, it still is.
It is also a family-friendly outing, Perry Arrensdorff of Round Table Luxembourg, the voluntary group that puts on the Duck Race, told Delano in an interview:
“This is the ultimate family celebration open to everyone, with entertainment where you can win lots of things. It is a meeting point where people meet up each year.”
Round Table Luxembourg funnels proceeds to organisations that support children and teenagers who are disadvantaged or require special care.
Caritas Buttek, a food bank. Funds will go towards baby diapers and school supplies at the start of the school year.
Télos-éducation, an NGO that runs a foster care programme and aids families in distress. Funds will go towards a minibus that can be used by youngsters and counsellors.
SOS Children’s Village, which shelters children in urgent need and advocates for children’s rights. Funds will help with the creation, translation and production of a book, “Dem Lisi seng Geschicht vum Zauberpullover”, for traumatised children and adolescents.
16,000 plastic ducks will face each in a three-round race in the Pétrusse river on Saturday 28 April from around 3pm to 5pm; the startling line is under the viaduct.
Around 6pm the winner of a brand new “VW Up!” car donated by Volkswagen and several other prizes will be announced. Winners do not have to present; a prize list will be published online on 4 May.
The event will also have three “villages” featuring traditional food and drinks, music, a mini-train, cotton-candy, fancy makeup for children, an inflatable castle, a playground, a shop to buy plastic ducks among other things. In addition, there’s an “Color Your Duck” contest for kids.
How to get a duck
It costs €5 to “sponsor” a plastic duck. Tickets are on sale until 30 minutes before the first race. However, at press time, less than 4,800 tickets were still available.