The Evening Post
Bath Tub Races
February 28, 2000Star-Studded
Lord of the Rings stars Elijah Wood, foreground, and Billy
Boyd battle it out in sinking bathtubs at Wellington's Dragon Boat Festival yesterday with
Boyd, who plays Pippin, eventually winning.
The celebrity bathtub race was watched by amused spectators
as Boyd and Wood, plus Dominic Monaghan and Orlando Bloom, who also star in the Peter
Jackson-directed film trilogy, paddled their sinking tubs along a 20-metre Queen's Wharf
Despite their dedicated paddling, the four failed to keep
their tubs afloat. However, Boyd was the first to swim over the finishing line.
The stars agreed to take part to help raise funds for Ronald
McDonald House in Newtown, which accommodates families of children in hospital with
Festival organisers said donations were collected from
spectators, but the amount had yet to be added up.
Another bathtub race featured four members of the Capital
Shakers netball team.