Crab Classic gives back with scholarships worth $20 000

Published:08 October 2019

L-R Tannum Crab Classic reps Daryl Turner (volunteer), Judy Hughes (volunteer) and Brenda Smith (Ladies Night Coordinator), scholarship recipient Robert Kerr, GCLA reps Tracey Alexander (CEO) and Jonathan Dillon (Operations Manager), and CQUni's Professor Owen Nevin.

This year’s 10th anniversary Tannum Crab Classic (TCC) was a fantastic community event which raised $20 000 to generate two CQUniversity scholarships.

TCC Founder and Chairman, Ernie Vaughan said the annual event raised much-needed funds for local families living with a disability and continues to grow each year; with this year being no exception!

“This year’s Crab Classic raised $20 000 to generate two university scholarships," Mr Vaughan said.

“Combine that with the additional funds raised for charity organisations and the event generated close to $35 000 directly back to the local Gladstone region."

The Gladstone Community Linking Agency (GCLA) has endorsed the TCC Family Fun Day since 2017. In that time, the organisation has been able to facilitate equipment for children in the Gladstone region with a disability.

With funds raised from this year’s event, GCLA and TCC have been able to establish two $10 000 scholarships through CQUniversity.

The CQUniCares Tannum Crab Classic 10th Anniversary Scholarships will enable two people with a disability to pursue university studies.

The panel has reviewed the short-listed applicants, for the first of the two scholarships, and awarded the Term 2-2019 scholarship to Robert Kerr, who is pursuing a PhD in the Law discipline.

Mr Kerr says the CQUniCares TCC Scholarship will assist him greatly in meeting costs associated with setting up his home office to complete his university studies.

“Amongst the consumable costs to set up an ergonomic home office, I will now be able to purchase reference books particular to my discipline, with the scholarship funds.” he says.

“I’m so grateful to be awarded this scholarship and thank the Crab Classic and GCLA for their investment into the CQUni scholarship program."

When aged in his late 50s, Mr Kerr suffered a back injury that has prevented him from doing any physical activities. Since then, he has had limited balance, has had trouble walking any distance and must use an aid.

After completing his study, it is Mr Kerr's intention to develop proposals to the Justice Department and the Attorney General that address the ability of people with low household income to access affordable legal advice and representation.

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Gladstone Region, Professor Owen Nevin congratulated Mr Kerr on the scholarship, and thanked TCC and GCLA for their generous support.

The application process will begin again in November to award the second of the two CQUniCares Tannum Crab Classic 10th Anniversary Scholarships.

GCLA will advise when applications open in 2020, so keep up to date and like GCLA and TCC’s Facebook pages, @gladstonecommunitylinking and @tannumcrabclassic.

Funds raised from the Tannum Crab Classic event program don't just assist those families living with a disability. They also help support local charity groups and organisations.

Almost $15 000 was raised for community organisations which help the TCC Family Fun Day run smoothly. The funds were allocated as follows: $960 to local SES; $960 to Helicopter Rescue; $2000 to Boyne/Tannum Rotary and $10 000 to Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club. These volunteer-based organisations give their valuable time to help grow the TCC event and invest in our community each year. Through the community’s generosity in attending the event, TCC is able to give something back to these valued organisations.