Hanover (dpa) – The first charity duck race on the Maschsee in Hanover in two years attracted thousands of people on Saturday. 100 large ducks – called “Big Ducks” – and around 5000 small rubber ducks were let into the water to swim the race – driven by a wind machine. The blanks of the “Big Ducks” were purchased by companies for a donation and then imaginatively designed.
The whole thing served a good cause – namely the North German Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Donor Register (NKR). The donation event at Maschsee has been held since 2010, said a spokeswoman for the NKR. It took place on the penultimate day of the Maschsee Lake Festival.
The racing entries of all ducks go into the NKR donation pot to finance initial typing. These are not paid for by health insurance companies, said the spokeswoman. Therefore, donations are important for the work of bone marrow donor registries. In an initial typing, tissue characteristics of potential bone marrow donors are recorded, which may then be available as donors for a person suffering from blood cancer.
Since the start in 2010, the NKR has probably collected around half a million euros. This enabled around 14,000 typings of people who are potential stem cell donors for terminally ill people to be managed.
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