The annual charity Duck Race (Pardiralli) organized by the Estonian Association of Parents of Children with Cancer (EAPCC) took place on Sunday in Kadriorg saw a total of €410,000 donated.
A total of €270,000 was donated in the form of purchased re-usable ducks to be set free on Kadriorg Park's canal, where they slowly drifted along towards the finish line, each duck carrying a number so the race winner could be identified.
As the coronavirus pandemic has affected most aspects of everyday life, the Duck Race took place this year with no spectators present. Instead, a special live broadcast was held by ETV on Sunday, with another €140,000 in donations collected from viewers.
President Kersti Kaljulaid was present at the event, however, with her duck also trying its best for charity.
Kaljulaid posted on social media: "And they're off! 15,247 ducks started, mine among them."
The Duck Race is a charity event where rubber ducks race each other in Kadriorg Park's canal. This was the seventh such race, organized with the aim of raising awareness and helping children with cancer and their families by encouraging companies and individuals to donate.
The ducks are re-used each year and go back into storage after the race; special netting around water inlets around the canal prevent any of them coming to grief.
For more on the annual Duck Race and ways to help the EAPCC, visit the site here.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste, Andrew Whyte