FUNDRAISING efforts exceeded expectations at Tannum Crab Classic at the weekend, where $8000 was raised for Anika Gorler and her family.

Tannum Crab Classic committee member Ernie Vaughan said the event, which is now in its fifth year, was not originally started for the purpose of raising money for children with disabilities.

"A mate of mine committed suicide so we wanted to do something for men's mental health," Mr Vaughan said.

"It was just to sit back and chat over the weekend.

"At the start it was for Bluecare, but we realised it was just going in one big pool of money for all of Queensland, so we wanted to do something a bit more local."

Over the weekend, Mr Vaughan and about 40 mates spent two nights camping, crabbing and playing beach cricket before hosting the crab auction and race at the Tannum Sands Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

The money raised this year was handed over to Anika Gorler and her family.

The 21-month-old was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and the funds will help the family buy sensory play equipment and a wheelchair.

The $8000 was raised from donations made over the weekend, raffles and the crab auction.

"Crabs were being auctioned for prices from $200 to nearly $500," Mr Vaughan said.

"It was awesome - it's the best year we've ever had."

They had originally told the Gorlers they hoped to make between $2000 and $3000.

"We wouldn't have got this amount of money without the sponsors, including having the media behind it."



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