The annual Sydney Markets Cherry Auction has been postponed due to Covid but the backup plan will still see goodwill done. It’s the first time in four decades the event has been delayed. The Cherry Auction usually sees the symbolic first tray of cherries auctioned off for charity.
Since its inception 38 years ago, the Cherry Auction has raised more than $1 million for a number of worthy Australian charities.
Rather than let the start of the cherry season slip by though, organisers will instead deliver the season’s first 20 boxes of cherries to local heroes across the state.
The Sydney Markets team and the Cherry Auction Committee have called on the community to nominate a local hero – deserving doctors and nurses, frontline workers, good Samaritans, nice neighbours and all-round good guys and gals.
Out of the the 20 community heros Turbans 4 Australia made it to the top 20. Amar Singh president of TFA was their to take home one of the 20 boxes.
Sydney Markets chief executive officer, Brad Latham said he was looking forward to celebrating “the good” in what has been a very challenging year.
“For the first time in 40 years, we’ve had to cancel the most anticipated annual event in our markets calendar, the Cherry Auction,” Mr Latham said.
“COVID-19 continues to significantly impact so many people around the country, including many in our markets community.”
“Yet, amongst all the challenges we know there are countless stories of courage, resilience, camaraderie and mateship.
Over the years the Sydney Cherry Auction has raised millions of dollars for Australian charities in need. Over the past 39 years, the event has raised more than $1 million for Australian charities. Last year’s final bid was a whopping $31,000 but with all proceeds donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity and Help for Hirschsprung Disease. This year due to covid the top 20 boxes went to 20 community heros.
The crew from the TODAY show where their to present the boxes of freshly picked cherries. Again a big congratulations to the mob from Turbans 4 Australia.
By SJ STARK FOR CONTRAST MEDIA
PUBLISHED: 15.10 AEST, 19 November 2020 | UPDATED: 15.15 AEST, 19 November 2020