Ducks for Change are our fun and cheeky novelty ducks, sold in participating hotels around Europe to raise money for our work.
Ducks for Change started out as a small experimental range in 2010 at one Hilton hotel in Belgium. They proved to be so popular with the guests and hotel staff that we developed them into a full fundraising campaign. Managed and administered through our trading arm, the Ducks for Change family has grown a lot in a just few years.
Ducks for Change are sold in themed sets of three; you can buy intrepid emergency service ducks, fairytale characters, festival-goers – the list goes on! In keeping with the ethos of the Foundation many of our ducks reflect aspirational career choices for young people such as our chef, fire fighter and pilot ducks. The sets are sold for £6 or €7*, with at least £1.50 or €2 going to charitable causes (this is once production costs, VAT and transport costs have been deducted).
We have sold over 200,000 sets of ducks and the money raised from sales has contributed to over 200 grants awarded by the Foundation across Europe, benefitting over 11,000 young people. As well as supporting such wonderful causes, the ducks are very popular with guests and new ranges are always in development.
“Ducks for Change is such a novel way for us to engage with and raise funds for the community. The ducks are a fun and colourful product; the guests love them and especially like to buy them for their children. With the Ducks for Change funds raised for the Foundation’s activities here in Helsinki, we were pleased to support Iceharts, for their promotion of child welfare, which is delivered through inclusive sports in schools and free time. We have also supported the community work of Helsingin VPK thanks to these Ducks!“- Maiju Nevaluoma, Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
*Prices correct as at October 2016
We are grateful to our partner Eastman Chemical Company who support Ducks for Change. A contact from Eastman discovered the ducks when staying at a participating hotel and contacted us to discuss how the company could get involved. We met with Eastman in 2013 to discuss the assistance they could offer to support our campaign and we are delighted to be working with them for marketing, sales and production.
Godefroy Motte, Senior Vice President and Chief Regional and Sustainability Officer, said: “At Eastman, we are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and the communities where we work and live. We see that same commitment from the Foundation, and we are proud to work with them on this project”.
WARNING: Please note the ducks are a novelty item and are not suitable for children under the age of 36 months. Beware – Choking hazard. The ducks are not edible. These ducks will float in water but not upright.