Charity spurs Galati to bid big for cherries

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Australind Spudshed owner Tony Galati successfully bids $100,000 for a 5kg box of cherries.
Camera IconAustralind Spudshed owner Tony Galati successfully bids $100,000 for a 5kg box of cherries. Credit: Supplied

Australind Spudshed owner Tony Galati has successfully bid $100,000 for a 5kg box of cherries at the annual Market City Charity Cherry Auction.

Mr Galati went head to head with Tony Ale & Co’s John Ale at the auction in Perth on Friday.

The event raises money for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and this year collected $135,000 for the cause.

Donnybrook’s Sweet Cherry Valley donated the cherries and Donnybrook Men’s Shed crafted the unique jarrah box the delicious fruit was stored in.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation chief executive Carrick Robinson said the foundation was incredibly grateful for Mr Galati’s winning bid, which would go a long way to helping sick and injured children.

“The generosity and support of WA’s growers and producers over close to three decades has been genuinely amazing and has meant that the foundation has been able to provide many more grants for specialist medical equipment and research at Perth Children’s Hospital,” Mr Robinson said.

“As well as being our sweetest fundraiser of the year, this event is also our first pick when it comes to fun and festivity.

“We are incredibly grateful to Tony Galati for placing this year’s winning bid – $100,000 will go a huge way to helping us help WA’s sick and injured kids.”

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