Ripe with gen­eros­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opin­ion -

FRUIT and veg leg­end Tony Galati re­mains WA’s Cherry King af­ter win­ning the cherry sea­son’s first box with a record break­ing $50,500 bid - a stag­ger­ing $24,000 more than his 2014 win­ning bid.

Joined by ‘cherry roy­alty’ at the an­nual Mar­ket City Cherry Auc­tion fundraiser for PMH Foun­da­tion, Mr Galati was thrilled to be the top bid­der for two years in a row.

Over­all the auc­tion raised $71,000 - an­other record break­ing to­tal.

Now in its 24th year, the Cherry Auc­tion fundraises for PMH Foun­da­tion to fund life­sav­ing re­search, spe­cial­ist staff, vi­tal equip­ment, com­ple- men­tary ser­vices and cap­i­tal projects.

Host Tim Gos­sage ar­rived with young am­bas­sadors, sixyear-old Cherry Princess Ruby Rolph from Cool­bellup, and seven-year-old Cherry Prince Ri­ley Per­rella from Vic­to­ria Park, who have each spent most of their young lives in the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal.

Ruby, who loves go­ing to school and wants to be a bal­le­rina when she grows up, was born pre­ma­turely at 27-weeks, and was re­ferred to PMH when she was three months old when doc­tors sus­pected she might have cere­bral palsy.

Ri­ley, an en­gag­ing and bright young boy who loves his­tory and read­ing about the An­zacs , has been a PMH pa­tient since he was born with spina bi­fida, sco­l­io­sis and hy­drops fe­talis.

PMH Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Denys Pearce said the foun­da­tion was enor­mously grate­ful for the on­go­ing sup­port and gen­eros­ity of WA’s fruit and veg­etable pro­duc­ers, who have raised $908,000 for PMH Foun­da­tion since the event be­gan back in 1992.

“The Cherry Auc­tion has grown from hum­ble ori­gins into a truly heart-warm­ing Christ­mas tra­di­tion which has a real im­pact help­ing cre­ate bet­ter out­comes for WA chil­dren at PMH,” he said.

Cherry Princess Ruby Rolph, Stitches the Bear and Cherry Prince Ri­ley Per­rella with this year’s Cherry King, Tony Galati.

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