The banks of the Brisbane River were a sea of yellow as thousands flocked to West End to support the PA Research Foundation’s annual Support the Duck Stop Cancer festival.
The Support the Duck Stop Cancer festival aims to raise funds for cancer research projects at the PA Hospital and to help our researchers and doctors provide early diagnosis, better treatments and long term care with the ultimate goal to stop cancer.
The day started at 10am with loads of entertainment on land featuring frilly neck lizards, fine foods, a roving Mad Professor and cool tunes on stage while on the water high octane racing ducks kept the crowds amused before the main event of the day.
40,000 yellow rubber ducks took the plunge into the Brisbane River in a race for the finish line, with one lucky duck winning its owner a brand new $45,000 car thanks to Motorama.
That lucky winner was Jacqui Smith from Murarrie with duck number #18,734. Jacqui has been a huge supporter of the duck race for the past several years.
“I cannot believe that my lucky number duck crossed the line first and now I am the owner of a brand new car from Motorama, it still feels like a dream,” Jacqui said. I always buy my tickets online but this year I bought them from the stall at the duck race, so I wasn’t sure what the prizes were so it came as a complete surprise. We always love this time of year when the duck race is on, especially when the big yellow duck makes it way down the Brisbane River as you know the race is just around the corner and it’s such a great cause to be involved with.”
Jacqui knows first-hand the pain of losing a loved one after her youngest son passed away last year from bone cancer at the age of 21.
“Harry was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, at the age of 19 and underwent numerous rounds of chemo and radiation but because the cancer was in his hips it was difficult to treat," she said.
“He put up a brave fight and kept trying to reassure us that everything would be alright as he didn’t want us to worry but in the end it was too much and he passed away at age 21. We struggle every day to come to terms with the fact that he is no longer with us as our lives will never be the same again. To lose a child to cancer is just devastating and we miss him so much."
“Sadly there are a lot of families out there going through what we have been through, and there are no words to take away the pain of losing a child, that’s why my hope is to one day have the technology and better treatments to save lives in the future and that can only be done by supporting events such as the Duck Race and medical research.”
Motorama CEO Mark Woelders says they are very honoured to be part of the duck race and to help raise funds for cancer research at the PA Hospital.
“We are so proud of what has been done in Brisbane for cancer research which is saving lives across the globe,” Mr Woelders said.
“I would also like to congratulate Jacqui on winning first prize in the duck race and it’s a privilege to be able to present her with a brand new car knowing her story… there couldn’t be a more deserved winner. This highlights why we are so passionate about helping to raise funds for cancer research to help find cures and treatments and to help those who have been diagnosed so no one has to say goodbye to a loved one in the future.”
This years’ duck race has raised record funds for cancer research projects at the PA Hospital.
As we say goodbye to the flock of ducks for another year don’t forget that research never stops so if you would like to help continue the fight against cancer visit www.pafoundation.org.au to donate.
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