The Courier-Mail

IT’S FOR A GOOD CLAWS

- SHILOH PAYNE

FOR a creature with so many legs, mud crabs may not be the fastest of the mangroves, but one quick crustacean will take out the annual charity Mud Crab Cup tomorrow.

Over its 18 straight years of running, the Gambaro’s Mud Crab Cup

has raised close to $1m for children in need. Gambaro’s Adrian Maione said there would be eight races on Sunday before the Mud Crab Cup winner would take out the title.

“We’ve got a racetrack, the crabs are lined up in their starting pens then the gates drop and the first crab to reach the finish line becomes the

winner,” he said. It is free entry to watch the races, with drinks and bar food available. But if you want to get in on the action, racing mud crabs and banquets are available for purchase.

“We like to get anyone that has purchased a crab out there to be cheering the crab on when it’s racing and we get quite a crowd around the race area while the races are happening,” Mr Maione said.

He said fundraisin­g had been at the heart of the event since its inception.

“It was a way to raise money for charity; primarily it’s become The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund as our charity of choice – and over 18 years we’ve donated close to $1m,” he said.

 ??  ?? Frank Gambaro with Renea Roberts, ready for Sunday’s Mud Crab Cup at Gambaro’s. Picture: Steve Pohlner
Frank Gambaro with Renea Roberts, ready for Sunday’s Mud Crab Cup at Gambaro’s. Picture: Steve Pohlner

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