2016 10th Anniversary Celebrations!


The 10th annual Summertime Riverfest featuring Australia’s Biggest Duck Race was a fly away success as thousands flocked to the banks of the Brisbane river at West End on Saturday 15 October to celebrate ten years of the duck race for life-saving cancer research.
From the Team Duck Race Challenge, Giant Duck Celebrity row race and of course Australia’s Biggest Duck Race it was the quackiest day on offer.

With the weather on point for a great day the crowds certainly took the challenge and enjoyed what the day had to offer, from Australia’s Biggest Duck Race to the St George Gone Quackers Kids Zone and a smorgasbord of Brisbane’s best live music performances on the Pradella Riverstage and tantalising gourmet street food from the Regatta Hotel.  


The highlight of the day was of course the main event where 40,000 highly trained rubber ducks each with their own number on it, battled it out over a 100m course on the Brisbane River.  A few feathers were ruffled in the race towards the finish line however lucky duck number 15641 managed to wing his way across the finish line winning its owner a brand-new car.  Congratulations to Alessandra from Auchenflower.


Not to be outdone was the Team Duck Race with 25 teams registering to take part and over $40,000 raised for cancer research.

It was a challenge laid down early with 7 teams signing up for the motorised category each vowing to ruffle some feathers on the day.  The rest of the flock decided to fly the coup with 18 teams signing up for the non-motorised race category.  Prior to the race the ducks were all very cautious not to be caught with a feather out of place as security was tight around the flotilla of entrants!

Congratulations to Team TBC’s for winning the motorised team duck race with a time of 5.12 sec over 75 metres.
Well done to the non-motorised team taking home the coveted team trophy, the Spring Lake Hotel.

We’d like to thank everyone who took to the water and raced on the day in support of the duck to stop cancer. Register here for the 2017 Team Duck Race now!

Congratulations to the top fundraisers:

Top fundraising team: Team TBC’s $10,700
Top corporate team fundraiser: Fitzy’s Tavern $3,028


As the sun set on the race that quacks the nation the ducks flew back to their flock for a well-earned rest and left crowds to celebrate into the evening.

Revellers flocked to the Pradella Riverstage and got their groove on dancing to Brisbane’s best local artists from RnB sounds of CKNU, to the rockabilly tunes of the Hi-Boys through to the suave moves and catchy tunes of the Cheap Fakes, no one would have missed a beat at this party.

Thank you to everyone who supported the day from buying a ticket in the Australia’s Biggest Duck Race, registering in the Team Duck Race, buying official duck merchandise and donating to the PA Research Foundation to support the duck to stop cancer.  We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

If you would like to support the duck to stop cancer don’t fluff about and donate today you might just save a life.


Be Like Arlo


Here is the story of a big-hearted young man who has really touched the hearts of the staff here at the PA Research Foundation.

2016 saw our youngest fundraising duckling in the history of the event sign up to take part in the team duck race.

At 7 years of age Arlo Beale already has a mighty duck tale to tell and his story touched the hearts of all after hearing about his battle with cancer.

Arlo was diagnosed just before his 4th birthday with Wilms Tumour, a cancer of the kidney that typically occurs in children.

The diagnosis left his family in shock and asking why, as this was the second battle Arlo had to face in his short life – the other being a heart condition when he was a baby.

Dad Jesse said "it was heartbreaking to watch Arlo go through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, which saw him in and out of hospital for almost a year."

One of the rare occasions Arlo and his family ventured out when he was undergoing treatment was to see the Duck Race. He was so excited to be there and see the ducks on the water, it was the happiest they had seen him in a long time.

It was that moment Arlo’s Dad promised him that in one year’s time they would sign up to take part in the Team Duck Race and help raise funds for cancer research.

Arlo’s Dad kept his promise and they entered their team “The Water Tight Ducks” to take on the flock in the team duck race.

Like ducks to water they raised an inspiring $5,300 for cancer research.

Arlo is now getting his ducks in a row for this year’s big race and hoping to ruffle a few feathers along the way to being top duck in 2017!


Children like Arlo have greatly benefited from medical research and this year you can do something significant in the race to stop cancer. We’d love to have you join Arlo in the Team Duck Race, it would be one of the most rewarding things you’ll do in 2017.

If you’re interested in being involved, email bruce@pafoundation.org.au or call (07) 3176 3393

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4 Life Lessons from Ducks for 2017


To get you quacking for the New Year here are some life lessons we can learn from ducks.

1. Water off a duck’s back
It’s amazing to witness a duck’s waterproof feathers when they get splashed. The water just forms little beads and just rolls off their back.

2017 may throw you some challenges; a great way to overcome any challenge you face is to show resilience. Try not to sweat the small stuff and any trivial problems life throws at you. Have the attitude to just flick off life’s first world problems and not let them weigh you down!

2. Calm on top, paddling below
Ducks are some of the calmest and most graceful creatures in the water. They seem to effortlessly glide across the water, but upon further assessment they are paddling beneath the surface like their life depended on it.

Society today can be incredibly fast-paced and at times stressful as we all juggle work, study, family and social commitments. Many of us embrace and accept busyness as a part of life. Like a duck, work hard but try to maintain a calm nature through the most difficult circumstances, it’s good for your health and you’ll find it will rub off on others. Also, make time for the calm moments in life; work hard and play hard as they say! Find an activity that relaxes you and make sure you schedule it in your calendar.

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” ― Michael Caine

3. Ducklings always follow a Leader
Have you heard of imprinting? This is where a baby duckling fresh out of the egg will form an attachment and follow whoever it meets first, whether it’s the ducklings’ mother or not.

Is there a role-model in your life who you can draw inspiration from? The actions and wisdom of others can inspire, motivate and help pattern one’s life on their example.

Look for a leader who can encourage you and mentor you throughout 2017. Whether it’s a career mentor, life coach, family member, friend or even a motivational book or podcast, this person should be someone you can confide in when life really isn’t calm on top or beneath. They can bring guidance and be a sounding board for any problems and challenges you may be facing.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― Jim Rohn

4. Head Down, Tail Feathers Up!

Ducks that prefer open water know that to survive they need to dive down deep for its source of food, including aquatic plants, crustaceans, fish and amphibians.

Likewise, dig deep (or like a duck, dive down deep!) to achieve your goals and aspirations for 2017. Again, work hard but make sure you play hard too!

“Every shortcut has a price usually greater than the reward.” ― Bryant McGill

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