Australia's Biggest Duck Race: It's a wrap!


Posted by Motorama in Motorama News

It’s a wrap on the Summertime Riverfest and Australia’s Biggest Duck Race for 2015 as West End saw tens of thousands of rubber ducks race down the river – with one lucky duck winning a car from Motorama worth $40,000!

As a festival partner, Motorama was proud to flock to West End to support the duck, and this year managed to raise a record amount for the PA Research Foundation!

The teams at Motorama set a new group record, raising $35,235 through duck race ticket sales and donations for the PA Research Foundation. In fact, Motorama finished as the largest overall corporate fundraiser, eclipsing last year’s effort by nearly $1000.​

Motorama’s Managing Director, Mark Woelders, was impressed with the efforts of all the teams.

“Everyone pitched in to make this year a record effort for the group,” he said.

“I’m very proud of our teams at Motorama, the proof of their determination to support cancer research is obvious in our fundraising efforts for the duck race.

“It took a contribution from everyone in the business - from riders in the Tour De Office to everyone who got their friends, family and contacts to support the duck by donating or buying a duck race ticket.”

The Summertime Riverfest was also host to Motorama’s Family Fun Day, an event for all Motorama staff and their families to enjoy a day out filled with entertainment and activities. Our marquee was packed with everyone from kids to grandparents all having a quacking good time by the river.​

This year, Motorama’s Tom Kennedy and Rod Caldwell, combined to take out the Celebrity Duck Race Paddle challenge, whilst Fabrizio Lattanzio and Scott Benecke from Motorama Holden Springwood, took out the title in the Motorised Team Challenge section.

In the big race for the $40,000 prize, there could only be one winner.  Ruth, from Paddington’s duck came up first, and is now deciding on what to get for the family as their next car. Having only arrived in Brisbane in January, Ruth was on the way out to run errands when the PA volunteers stopped by her house.

“I wasn’t sure what the duck race was all about, but when [the volunteer] explained everything to me I knew I couldn’t say no,” she said.

“I bought six tickets in the race, because I wanted to support cancer research. My best friend has just been diagnosed with breast cancer at just 32 years of age, so I bought them because I know the funds raised will help my dear friend.

“We are very fortunate that our family has never been touched by cancer but we can all help support the research needed to end this awful disease. Winning the car is a bonus and we are very grateful,” Ruth added.​

Ruth and her family now get to choose from seven new car brands, plus over 800 used cars from Queensland’s largest used car retailer – she’s got a lot of cars to choose from. To learn more about the PA Research Foundation, visit their website and learn how you can get involved like us at Motorama in stopping cancer!