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Home / Latest News / People go ‘quackers’ as 1,200 yellow plastic ducks invade Cardiff park

People go ‘quackers’ as 1,200 yellow plastic ducks invade Cardiff park

People went quackers in the sunshine at Roath Park in Cardiff on Sunday as hundreds of ducks floated down stream.

But these weren’t the residents of Roath Park Lake who were taking an impromptu dip in the adjacent waterway, but plastic yellow ducks taking part in the inaugural charity Duck Race.

The fundraiser drew a big crowd of onlookers at the event in aid of HCPT – a charity offering life-changing pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes in the south of France for disabled and disadvantaged young people from around the UK.

The ducks are emptied into the stream

Around 1,200 ducks were released into the watery passageway situated by the children’s play area and green house in the popular Cardiff park – and unsurprisingly the site drew quite a crowd.

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“It went really really well, it was very busy and a little chaotic at times,” said Jenni Davies, a HCPT group leader from Cardiff, one of the organisers of the event.

“We didn’t know how many people would turn up and once we had publicised the event on Twitter and Facebook, quite a few people came along intrigued to see what it was all about – and the kids who were there absolutely loved it.”

Gabrielle O’Brien, 13, gives the ducks a helping hand

Money was raised by people buying a duck for a £1. The winner of the race was duck number 352 bought by Alex Screen, who won £100.

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The charity event has so far raised £3000 – vital funds to help hundreds of disadvantaged kids.

“HCPT provides young people age 7-18 with a variety of disabilities and needs the opportunity to experience a stimulating and highly enjoyable group holiday,” said Jenni.

Isaac Ennis, five, doesn’t mind getting his feet wet to give the ducks a helping hand to make their way down stream

“Every Easter, children from all over the UK travel in family groups for a week’s holiday in Lourdes.

“They are cared for by helpers, doctors, nurses and chaplains who volunteer to enable each child to enjoy a jam packed week full of fun, adventure and laughter.

“For many of their families, this can also mean a week of well-earned respite for the families and carers of the children.

“We fundraise throughout the year to cover all the costs of taking the children to Lourdes. This means we can offer them a fantastic experience with full care at no cost to their families.”

Find out more about the Duck Race at: www.facebook.com/hcptgroup105/

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