Duck race raises money for charity

Ania King, from the Rotary Club of Constantia, and Biffy Danckwerts, from the Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town, prepare the first ducks for the duck race in the Rosebank canal.

A raft of ducks floating along the Rosebank canal is not an unusual sight. But when they are made of plastic it’s another story.

The 110 toy ducks were competing for prizes and raising money for charity work in a race organised by the Rotary Club of Constantia and the Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town, on Saturday March 13.

Heats of ten ducks raced against each other, with the winning two ducks being placed in the final race, competing head to head for the grand prize of a night away for two people at Atlantic Beach Hotel.

Quinton Frieslich and his daughters, Sophia and Olivia, were among the prize winners. They are seen here with Biffy Danckwerts, of Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town.

“Members, families and friends sponsor each duck, and funds raised through this fun, Covid-friendly, outdoors event go towards two great projects,” said Biffy Danckwerts, vice president of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town, so called because the members from many countries meet electronically.

Westlake Primary acting principal Jodi Dawson said the Constantia Rotary Club supported the school with money it raised.

“We have had a netball court developed and had the netball bibs donated as well. The children are looking forward to making use of the facilities as soon as they are able to. In addition to the netball facilities, we are extremely excited to be receiving a new athletics and sport field at our school. The ground will soon be levelled and development will commence.”

The Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town, in collaboration with Rotary partners in Kansas, America, is contributing funds to a project to help victims of human trafficking.

“This project aims to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking who have little or no skills or qualifications,” said Ms Danckwerts.

Contact Biffy Danckwerts at or 081 547 9489 or Bronwyn Maree at the Constantia Rotary Club at or 082 364 9281.

Stephen du Toit of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town preparing ducks for their chance to race.