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Charity mango auction

You know it's Spring when the first box of mangoes go under the hammer at Sydney's Produce Markets. For the sixteenth consecutive year, hundreds of green grocers have gathered for the ritual charity auction where they part with tens of thousands of dollars.

Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney will get the proceeds from this year's sale. So how much did they make? Catherine Clifford found out, but not before she chased that precious mango cargo from its source and discovered some amazing facts along the way. Hundreds of green grocers packed the Sydney Produce Markets today for the charity auction of the season's first box of mangoes.

The 12 mangoes, from Pine Creek Plantation in the Northern Territory, sold for a cool $25,000. The money will be donated to Westmead Children's Hospital in western Sydney. But as the very generous buyer Fred Pisciuneri told us, the hospital will need to get the kid's cutlery out very shortly for a surprise desert.

"I think we're going to go to the Westmead Hospital like we did two years ago and give them to those poor kids that are in the hospital. I love to see they have a good day. I help them out." In this report: Fred Pisciuneri, Fred's Fruit Market, Edensor Park, Sydney.

By Catherine Clifford Thursday,

07/09/2006