The Great Limpopo Warriors Duck Race is around the corner and the feathers are set to fly as hundreds of ducks will take to the waters of the mighty Letaba River on the 18th of March. In the run up to this event that will end all other waterborne events, businesses adopted a Duck Champion which will stand as the banner carrier for their brand during the race.
Each of the champions were dressed and decorated and stood guard at the entrances of the businesses and received votes from the public in the form of monetary donations which were then tallied at the end of this week to determine the winning champion.
The ducks went on parade at the Lifestyle Centre on the 25th of February where the public had the chance to see al the Champions in a row and cast some more votes.
So it came about that the winner, as voted for by the public, turned out to be Gucci, the Seeff Properties Tzaneen Champion. As part of their winnings, the Seeff Properties Tzaneen team were treated to an afternoon at the Magoebaskloof Farmstall and Café where Nicola Strydom and her team enjoyed a lunch and some drinks in the company of Rudi Viljoen and Tracey van den Dool of the Warriors Foundation.
Seeff managed to raise more than R11 000 for the duck race, the proceeds of which will go to the Warriors Foundation to aid in a bursary for a needy student.
Come race day, Seeff will have 72 racing ducks in the water which should provide for some stiff competition downstream as Marric Service Centre will launch their own group of seven Stallone’s.
Race director and chief of all things web-footed, Tracey van den Dool said that there are still racing ducks available for businesses or individuals to recruit before the race at R200 each for a Stallone or R2 000 for a Quacker of 11 ducks. Businesses are invited to bring their banners and their gazebos on the day and have a blast all in aid of changing a life.
The race will start at 13:00 in the afternoon and will kick off from the banks of the river below the Tzaneen Dam with the finish at the showgrounds in Tzaneen.
The first prize for the winning duck racer is a two night self catering stay at a private camp in the Soutpansberg valued at R16 000 and the second placed team will win a four-day fully catered canoe trip on the Orange River.