Cherry do­na­tion a sweet­ener for hos­pi­tal

South Western Times - - News -

The sweet­est cher­ries from Don­ny­brook’s Sweet Cherry Val­ley or­chard are ripe to again fetch tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for a good cause.

The or­chard has do­nated 5kg of its di­vine cher­ries to the An­nual Market City Char­ity Cherry Auc­tion for the ninth year.

Last year, the cher­ries were sold for $45,000 at the auc­tion.

The an­nual cherry char­ity event raises money for the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion and has raised more than $1.1 mil­lion since 1992.

Also in­volved for the past nine years, the Don­ny­brook Men’s Shed has again crafted the unique jar­rah box which holds the cher­ries.

Or­chard owner Michael Cusato said the do­na­tion was a tra­di­tion that had grown be­tween his busi­ness and the men’s shed.

“We were asked from the mar­kets to do­nate some fruit to the auc­tion and we used to do a 1kg wooden box . . . I just thought we’ll con­tact the men’s shed in Don­ny­brook and how about we make a 5kg box,” Mr Cusato said.

“It re­ally went off well and they look for­ward to that box com­ing up ev­ery year now.

“It goes to the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, so it’s for a good cause.”

He said he never imag­ined the cher­ries would sell for as much as they did.

In 2016, the cher­ries fetched an im­pres­sive $55,000.

Men’s shed mem­ber Dick Gill said the group took pride in craft­ing the box ev­ery year.

“We all take great pride in it, ev­ery­one watches and wants to know how the auc­tion goes,” he said.

“I’m very sure we’ll keep do­ing it ev­ery year.”

He said it took about 20 hours to make the box, us­ing all the “tricks of the trade”.

The auc­tion will be held in Perth on De­cem­ber 14.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Sweet Cherry Val­ley or­chard owner Michael Cusato, Don­ny­brook Men’s Shed mem­ber Dick Gill and or­chard owner Rosetta Cusato show off this year’s 5kg cherry and jar­rah box do­na­tion.

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