Currajah Hotel Motorcycle Show raises $3,800 to assist a local in need

Stephen Thompson and his brother Tim with Ron (white shirt) who won the Oldest Bike award.

OVER 100 hundred shiny and loud motorcycles were on display at the annual Currajah Hotel Motorcycle Show in Wangan, where $3,800 was raised to assist local Trista Cataldo, who has chronic kidney disease and needs a kidney transplant.


There were 45 bikes registered in 15 categories and 300 people came through the gate.


Raffles and lucky door prizes were up for grabs, with hot food, games, a sausage sizzle, and live music from two bands throughout the afternoon.


Winners of the raffle were: 1st: Bruno2nd: Joe and 3rd: Thelma Galvin and Matty D (Wine and MLC).


Each year, the bike show committee carefully select a different recipient, which may be a local resident doing it tough or a worthy community/charitable organisation.


Previous recipients of funds from the bike show are Daniel Tutavake (spinal injury), Friends of the Hospital Foundation, Innisfail Meals on Wheels, Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws animal refuge, and Armani Mercer (MLD).


Trophies were awarded in the following categories:


Best British Old (pre-1985): Spring 


Best British New: Ian Jessup


Best European (BMW, Ducati, Guzzi, Aprilia): Trevor


Best Japanese: Nev Scarlett


Best Harley Old (pre-1986): Graham


Best Harley New (1987): Shane


Best Single: Thomo


Best Twin Cam: Mark Donnachie


Best American: Mark


Best Custom Bike (All makes): Leeroy


Best Ladies Bike: Clara Tuttle


Best Dirt Bike: Lou


Best Three-Wheeler: Thomo


Oldest: Ron


Furthest Travelled: Festus


Best Painted Bike: Brenton Schilling


Best Burnout: Brad


People’s Choice: Leeroy


Publican’s Choice: Jerry Kovazhik


Cataldo gave a massive shout out to all the Currajah staff, especially Julie Doherty and Thomo, for choosing her as the recipient of funds from the bike show, as well as everyone who donated and provided support to herself and her family throughout the journey so far. 


She expressed her appreciation to Babinda Chemist, Babinda Spa, Babinda Real Estate, Empire Café & Catering, Evelyn’s Café, as well as Woolworths and Innisfail Florist for having a donation tin in store.

Staff at the Currajah Hotel especially wished to thank the many sponsors for their generosity and support which helped make the event a huge success.


These amazing local businesses included: Thomo’s Mowing, North Coast Machinery, Johnstone River Excavations, Cumic Steel, Kmart, NQ Custom Wheels, Allan Sultana Constructions, Innisfail Exhaust & Radiator Centre, Nev’s Concreting, Ron & Dan’s Butchery, Todds Transport, Sapore di Italia, BCF, Innisfail Stockfeed Saddlery & Vet Lines, Teitzel’s Super IGA Tully, Simmo, Woolworths, Tempyst Hair & Beauty, Kitchen Essentials Tully, She Dreams In Colour Tattoo Studio, Smart Computer Solutions & Smart Phone Repairs, Mellick Centre, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Lodge Excavations, Jagad’s Epicurian Emporium, Innisfail Florist, Bruno Foschi Painting Contractors, MLC Motors, Lorrae Jewellers, Dave Roberts, NQ Bobcat & Excavator Hire, Col’s Vinyl & Canvas Goods, Roscoe’s Piazza, Star Liquor and Deluxe Trophies.

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