This year’s Sydney Cherry Auction, held at Sydney Markets today, raised $65,000 for Save our Sons and the Sydney Markets Foundation.
The bidding was furious and entertaining with two NRL legends representing competing camps for the first box of cherries, but Paul Sironen, representing Sydney Markets Independent Retailers came out with bragging rights after submitting a winning bid of $33,000. He prevailed over another NRL legend Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach who was bidding for Sydney Markets Wholesalers and donated his underbid of $32,000 to the cause, resulting in a total of $65,000 for the first box of cherries.
Newly crowned Cherry King, Paul Sironen said “We ( Independent Retailers) are a group of independent local greengrocers who wanted to raise funds for this worthy cause.”
Frank Petulla Chairman of the Cherry Auction Committee said, “The Sydney Markets Cherry Auction heralds the start of the stone fruit season in Australia and is an important community initiative which allows Sydney Markets Wholesalers and Retailers to give back to the community.”
The selection of cherries this year was so good that the winning bidders could choose either a box from Hillston in NSW or one from Victoria. Both winning bidders donated their cherries, one to Westmead Children’s Hospital the other to Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.[related_ad category=”4″ max_size=”3″ title=”Related Stories”] [related_ad category=”4″ max_size=”3″ title=”Related Offers”]