THE Bermagui Bike Show, organised by the Cancer Research Advocate Bikers (CRABS), took place on the weekend and rose close to $40,000 to be donated towards cancer research.
Despite looming rainclouds, around 15,000 people attended the bike show, where there were raffles, music, food stalls, shopping stalls, a jumping castle for the kids, and of course lots of bikes.
The entire day was staffed by volunteers, who collected donations at the gate, sold CRABS shirts, managed the stage and generally made sure the day went smoothly.
Wollongong band Crisis provided musical entertainment for the crowd.
Rob Grimstone founded CRABS in 2004 after the tragic loss of his mother to cancer.
The group has devoted its time to raising money for the NSW Cancer Council and Bega Valley Can Assist.
CRABS now has branches in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, and to this date has donated about $350,000 to cancer research and support organisations.
In 2013, the Bermagui Bike Show raised $49,000 and 2014 marks the third year the show has run.
“It went great” said Mr Grimstone.
“We are down on numbers this year, probably due to the weather.
“[However,] the auction went well - we would have raised about $15,000.
“We raised about another $15,000 on raffles as well.
“I love it, it’s a passion.”
About 100 bikes were on display at the show, with many unique ones to be seen.
One such unique bike was the Sand Dragger - a competition-winning 500-horsepower bike with a V8 engine owned by the Mongrel Racing team and driven by “Stork.”
Mr Grimstone thanked the community for its ongoing support of CRABS and said they would definitely be back next year.
“It’s an annual event now,” he said.
Nine-year-old Dylan Steward from Akolele was the lucky winner of a tinny and fishing gear.
CRABS called him immediately after the draw and he rushed down with his father to take home his prize!
If you are interested in future events or in donating, more information is available at www.crab.org.au.