The 2018 Cherry Auction held on Friday 14th December raised a record-breaking total of $135,450 for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Network Ten’s Tim Gossage our auctioneer arrived alongside Cherry Prince, Romeo and his twin sister and Cherry Princess Isabelle, together with a procession of drummers, dancers and the Foundation’s mascot, Stitches the Bear.
The heart-stopping auction saw Tony Galati go head-to-head with John Ale, who bid against each other up to the winning amount of $100,000 far in excess of the previous record of $55,000– all of which goes to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. Tony Galati is now the proud owner of the state’s most expensive cherries and therefore this year’s Cherry King!
The Market City Cherry Auction began in 1992 and is now in its 26th year thanks to the ongoing support of Market West and Perth Markets Limited on behalf of the Central Market Wholesalers.
The significant support from WA’s fruit and vegetable community has seen more than $1,200,000 raised to help West Australian children like Romeo, who have benefited from state of the art burns equipment and research funded by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, after suffering serious burns during an overseas holiday.
|2018 Cherry Auction|
|1||Strawberries||Steve Hay||5 Seasons Fresh||$1,000|
|2||Cherry Box||Rodney Dullard||Key Produce||$4,500|
|3||Cherry Box||Shane Patching||SJ Fresh||$5,000|
|4||Cherry Box||John Ale||Tony Ale & Co||$5,000|
|5||Cherry Box||Steve Hay||5 Seasons Fresh||$5,200|
|6||Cherry Box||Basil Gotsis||Fresh Provisions||$5,500|
|7||Cherry Box||Jordan Brindle||Canning Bridge IGA||$5,000|
|8||Cherry Box||Ahmad Albirkawi||Mirrabooka Fresh||$4,250|
|9||Cherry Box – Final||Tony Galati||Spudshed||$100,000|
Thanks also goes to Toyota Materials Handling who provided the sausage sizzle and WB Pit Stop for keeping the coffee flowing which together raised another $828.70 bringing the total amount on the day to an amazing $136,278.70.