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First mangoes fetch $15,000 at Brisbane Markets auction

Robby Guardala of Fruity Capers Toowong has been crowned Mango King 2007 after paying $15,000 for the season’s symbolic ‘first tray’ of mangoes at the tenth annual Brisbane Markets Mango Auction.

Beneficiaries for the 2007 Brisbane Markets Mango Auction are drug prevention advocates Life Education Queensland, and Redkite (the new name for The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children), who provide emotional and financial support to children affected by cancer and their families.

The event has yet again delivered its promise of being a fantastic family day for the Brisbane Markets community, with cooking demonstrations, a Grand Parade and fun-filled activities for the kids.

“Everyone in the Brisbane Markets community looks forward to the Mango Auction and to get behind Redkite and Life Education Queensland. “It’s a great opportunity to help children and their families,” Robby said.

Robby and his brother and business partner, Freddy won’t be enjoying the tray of golden fruit themselves; rather Robby will deliver the mangoes to the special kids at the Banksia Ward of the Royal Children’s Hospital for them to enjoy.

Brisbane Markets Chief Executive Officer Andrew Young said the morning was a great success and he acknowledged the generosity of Brisbane Markets community.

“The auction is an opportunity for the primary wholesalers in Brisbane Markets, our Fresh Tastes retailers and other members of Brisbane Markets community to get behind these worthy children’s charities.

“Redkite and Life Education Queensland have been the beneficiaries of Brisbane Markets Mango Auction for several years, as these charities are in keeping with Brisbane Markets ethos of healthy choices, healthy living and healthy lifestyle,” Mr Young said.

The Auction, along with donations and raffles, raised more than $30,000, with Haesley Cush from Ray White New Farm auctioneering. Attendees on the day included MC Joseph May from National Nine News, Life Education Queensland patron Susie O’Neill and members of Queensland Reds.

Some of Brisbane’s most celebrated chefs including David Pugh from Restaurant Two, Brad Jolly from Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, Javier Codina from Gianni’s Restaurant and Marshall Orton from Sofitel Brisbane were on hand to create mouth-watering mango-inspired signature dishes.

This symbolic charity event also heralds the start of the mango season, with the first mangoes now in store and supply increasing over the coming weeks.

Since the inaugural Brisbane Markets Mango Auction in 1998, the event has raised more than $400 000 for charity.

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