CRAB CRAWL: Graham Robb and son Kelvin, 2, mother Janie Robb, Chris Faux (at back), Ernie Vaughan and Jamie Emerson check over the blood stock before the big race.
CRAB CRAWL: Graham Robb and son Kelvin, 2, mother Janie Robb, Chris Faux (at back), Ernie Vaughan and Jamie Emerson check over the blood stock before the big race. Paul Braven

Crab race raises funds for toddler's wheelchair

THE nation didn't stop but the Tannum Sands Crab Classic race still legged it with the best of them as 25 mud crabs went claw to claw before hundreds of cheering punters.

Thousands of dollars were raised from the crab race and auction for two-year-old toddler Kelvin Robb.

The youngster was born with cerebral palsy and his mum and dad will use the money to purchase a motorised wheelchair.

Then there will be no stopping the lively youngster.

Fifty people paid to enter the crab catching competition held at Lillies Beach with 25 of the Bucks then entered in the madcap dash.

Patrons purchased them at auction before Sunday's afternoon race.

Generous hotel patrons opened their wallets to buy nearly 9000 raffle tickets with big interest in the Weber barbecue and fish finder prizes.

A heavily bearded Ernie Vaughan got a few laughs when he won a cosmetics pack.

One punter won a State of Origin jersey - lucky for him he chose to take home the Maroon.