Gay men are adopting ducks to help raise funds for gay men’s health charity GMFA.

The rubber ducks will form part of the world’s biggest duck race when 165,000 rubber ducks will be released on a 1km stretch of the River Thames.

The aim is to set a new World Record and raise money for UK charities.

It costs £2 to adopt a duck (plus a donation to GMFA) and the owner of the first duck to cross the finish line will win the first prize of £10,000

There are also 30 other prizes.

“We’re normally associated with a different kind of rubber so a rubber duck race might sound a bit quackers,” said Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA.

“However, this fun event looks set to raise over £500,000 for good causes.

“Taking part in the race and winning prizes are great incentives to donate.”

To adopt a duck, click here and select GMFA as your chosen charity.

The 165,000 yellow plastic ducks will be launched on Sunday 2nd September 2007, on the River Thames at Hampton Court and spectators are welcome.

The Environment Agency is on hand to make sure that every duck is taken out of the river and doesn’t cause a hazard to the wildlife or river environment.

Organisers are also working to ensure that everything used in the race is fully recyclable.

The current World Record for a Duck Race is currently held by The Singapore Duck Race.

They successfully sold and raced 123,500 ducks in 2001.