NEWCASTLE surf lifesaving clubs and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service raised $50,000 during the weekend through their annual fund-raising drive Ducks 4 Dollars.
Thousands turned out to watch the race in Newcastle Harbour on Australia Day in balmy conditions.
First prize in the Duck 4 Dollars race was won by Mr Porters, who took home $1500.
The $1000 second prize was won by G. Merchant and the third-place $500 prize was won by Tim Burns.
The Junction Hotel won the corporate duck race.
Hunter Surf Life Saving chief executive officer Rhonda Scruton said she was impressed by many of the surf clubs' efforts.
Merewether Surf Club raised $14,000 alone, while Newcastle raised $6000.