Duck derby a success

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A charity duck derby has helped rake in vital funds for an Inishowen-based autism awareness group.

More than 400 ducks were bobbing up the Crana River last Sunday, April 1 in aid of ICARE (Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education) to highlight World Autism Awareness month.

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The winning ducks took 50 minutes to float down the river and Buncrana GAA members were on hand to help some ducks who got stuck along the way.

Organiser and fundraising assistant Darren McLaughlin said the event exceeded all expectations attracting a huge crowd.

He said: “We didn’t expect the large crowd that attended - that’s why we had a delay getting started, as more and more people wanted to buy ducks on the day.

“We raised approximately 1,600 profit from the duck derby which is brilliant for our charity.

“Some money raised will go towards a successful Easter camp which is taking place at our activity centre over the Easter holidays where all the children with autism can avail of a four hour activity sessions for three days each.”

John Quinn took home first cash prize of €200, Lewis Kelly came second winning a Beach house Voucher, John Long won a €50 Voucher for a canvas at Swilly Print for third prize and Christopher Duffy got fourth prize with a hamper.

ICARE Chairperson Liam Gill said a special thanks to Gerald Doherty for supplying the ducks, and their main Sponsor Paul Mc Gonigle Accounting & Financial Services.

All the GAA members, Cllr Jack Murray, Donal Kearney for stewarding on the day, all the people who bought ducks and the prizes sponsored by Swilly Print ltd & the Beach House

ICARE are holding a bingo tomorrow night at the Plaza at 9pm.