Bryan Littley presents the Yabbie Cup and trained contender, Black Yabbiar. (ABC Radio Adelaide: Spence Denny)
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Fundraisers might have sprung up across the country in the wake of the most widespread bushfires since settlement, but perhaps none have been as wacky as the inaugural “Yabbie Cup” to be held at Victor Harbor.
- Inaugural Yabbie Cup to raise money for bushfire relief and the CFS
- Yabbies will be put back in their dam after the event
- Fire Aid festival raises more than $200,000 for three bushfire-related charities
In an effort to raise money for Kangaroo Island bushfire relief and the local Country Fire Service (CFS) brigade, native freshwater crayfish “bred for racing” will be pitted against each other at a public barbeque on Sunday.
Victor Harbor City Councillor Bryan Littlely said he had been raising yabbies at nearby Back Valley for a long time and the racing crustaceans “were the best of them”.
“They’re racing on a specific, purpose-built track,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“It’s a three-metre race, so they’ll go down chutes in their lanes where they can’t tackle each other, and it should be a bit of fun.”
Competing at the race will be “Shonks” (named after a local trader), and “Black Yabbiar”, named after the famous Black Caviar, the Australian thoroughbred horse that was retired after being undefeated in 25 races.
“The yabbies will go back into the dam they came from after the race,” Mr Littlely said.
“There haven’t been many yabbies around this year, so hopefully they’ll breed up for next year.”
The race will be held from 11:00am at the Encounter Bay Football club, accompanied by a potato bake-off competition, children’s entertainment, and offerings of slow-cooked meats supplied by local farmers.
“We’ve now got about 70 businesses that have helped put on this day,” Mr Littlely said.
“We’ve had everyone pitch in and help to get it up and going and we expect to raise a lot of money for the Kangaroo Island Mayors [Relief and Recovery] Fund, and our local CFS brigade.”
He said he hoped to put the event on again next year.
Fire Aid raises more than $200,000
Another colourful fundraiser, Fire Aid, which featured an impressive list of local and interstate bands playing at a University of Adelaide on February 1, has announced they raised “in excess of $200,000” through the event.
Tim Rogers joins Bad Dreems on stage to perform a song by Dragon at the Fire-Aid music festival. (Supplied: Karma and Crow)
Co-organiser Naomi Tupola from Karma and Crow said the money would be distributed evenly between Blaze Aid, the CFS Foundation and SA Veterinary Emergency Medicine Management.
“We were all blown away by how the SA community came together in the face of what was pretty enormous catastrophe for the country,” she said.
“I think we’ve all been really overwhelmed by the humanity that was shown and we’re super proud of the community coming together in the way it did.”
She added that the collaboration between members of the live music industry and the visual artist community was so good that organisers — led by the Adelaide band, Bad Dreems — were looking to do it again next year.
“The ball’s already rolling,” Ms Tupola said.
“The recovery from this is going to be a case of years, in terms of rebuilding and putting wildlife back into the natural environment, so we’re really looking into have an ongoing donation revenue.”