More than 1000 small ducks will be released this Sunday, all in the name of charity.
The ducks, of the yellow plastic variety, will be let loose down the irrigation run along Arowhenua Rd to raise money for Diabetes New Zealand South Canterbury.
Duck race co-ordinator Adrienne Scott said it was the third time the event had been held, and each year it had involved more ducks.
There were two types of ducks in the racing, the larger corporate species, which were bought by local businesses and decorated, and the smaller sponsored ducks, which were only $5.
From ducks with eyelashes to speed-enhancing modifications, in the previous years there had been everything except the brown feathered variety.
For the corporate ducks, the options for modifications were endless, last year a team decided to put weights on their duck in the hope that it would drift faster, but that had not been the case, Ms Scott said.
However, she did have some advice.
"Those with sails might be in with a chance," she said.
The winning sponsored duck would walk away with a cash prize, and the winning corporate duck would take home a trophy.
Last year the event raised more than $7000 and they hope to match that total this year.
"South Canterbury is a very generous place, and we appreciate the support from the community, people are kind."
Ducks will be available for sponsoring at the Get To The Point Day or before the race.
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