After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Silverstream Subdivision was alive with excitement on Sunday 19th March for the highly anticipated annual Duck Race!

The Duck Race brought the local community together for a day of fun and fundraising.

Families and friends from all corners of Silverstream and the wider Kaiapoi community eagerly gathered to cheer on their ducks as they raced down the river, marking the return of the beloved event after a long break.

Following the race, the community enjoyed a sausage sizzle as well as snacks, and candy floss from Della-Kit Delights.

Many families enjoyed picnicking together, with blankets spread out and food shared in the park area of Tirikatene Reserve at Silverstream and children were thrilled to have a go on the bouncy castle and get their faces painted!

Families also enjoyed a variety of games such as jenga, chess, cricket, tug of war, sack race, and ring toss, all provided by the Waimakariri District Council.

The Duck Race was a true celebration of community, bringing people together to have fun and support a worthy cause.

This year’s Duck Race raised an impressive $760 for the Kaiapoi Community Garden, a charitable trust located on the school playing fields of Kaiapoi Borough School.

The garden provides sustainable gardening skills to all members of the community and works closely with the school to run the Garden to Table programme.

Silverstream social club event organiser, Shirley Jackson, said, “We are thrilled to see the community come together once again after a challenging few years. The annual duck race is a wonderful way to unite everyone and support local charities.”