Ducks to drop in on Hawks for fund-raising fowl play

AS Hawthorn prepares for its bout against Richmond, mascot Hawker will be busy with a competition of his own.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston's annual duck drop and the organisers have something different in store.

Instead of racing through the water, about 5000 ducks will be dropped from a helicopter on to Aurora Stadium after a Hawthorn training session.

Hawker and new foe Rota Duck will scramble to find a winner from both the community and corporate entries. Rotarian Stuart Cottrell acknowledged that it was ``a different concept and should be an exciting night''.

The owners of the winning ducks will each receive $4500 in prizes, including a $3000 travel voucher for the community duck. Proceeds will  Leg 1be given to Give Me 5 For Kids, supporting the children's ward of the Launceston General Hospital.

Mayor Albert van Zetten yesterdayntsThursdaynte urged everyone to buy a duck _ or four.

The event will run from 3pm to 5pm with chances to meet players during and after the duck drop. Face painting, balloon sculpting and footy activities will be on offer and Riverside Lions Club will be catering with hamburgers, sausages, chips and drinks.

To enter, go online to www.rccl.org.au/

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WHAT: Rotary Club of Central Launceston's 2013 Duck Drop.

WHEN: Friday, March 8.

WHERE: Aurora Stadium.

TIME: 3pm to 5pm.

COST: $5 a duck for the public, $55 for corporate entries.

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