Despite the Queensland fruit and vegetable industry facing
damaging threats and loss of income from food terrorists, the
Brisbane Produce Market Annual Charity Mango Auction again raised
thousands of dollars for Diabetes Queensland's members.
The 2018 Mango King, Domenico Casagrande of Megafresh in Carina
and Chandler, took home Queensland's coveted first tray of mangoes
and the sought-after title thanks to his generous $13,000 winning
Diabetes Queensland has been a charity beneficiary of Brisbane
Markets since 2013, and will share the proceeds from this auction
with the MND & Me Foundation.
In his speech at the start of the auction, Diabetes Queensland
President Craig Beyers (pictured on the right with Mr Casagrande)
thanked the Markets on behalf of Queenslanders with
"Your support helps us keep up the fight. It helps us care for
people who are affected by diabetes. And it will help us win the
war for better health for Queenslanders. On behalf of them, thank
you very much."
Mr Casagrande said the auction was the perfect way to give back
to the community.
"This is the first year I've attended and placed a bid at the
Mango Auction, but really wanted to go in with a plan and give it a
good crack," said Mr Casagrande.
"After the amount of support we have seen from the community
over the years at Megafresh, we really wanted to give back to the
community at today's auction. After all, the community are our
"Mango season is one of our favourite times of the year.
Everyone loves mangoes - it's the hype of the shop all through
summer," he said.
Brisbane Markets Chairman Tony Joseph said the market hosts the
only Mango Auction in the country, and annually brings fruit shop
owners across Brisbane together.
"Our Annual Mango Auction is the perfect way to remind us that
summer's on the way," Mr Joseph said.
"With the winning bid for this year's symbolic first tray of
mangoes and our combined fundraising activities associated with the
Mango Auction, we are thrilled to donate over $20,000 to charity in
2018," he said.
Since 2002 the Brisbane Produce Market's Mango Auction has
donated nearly $1 million to charity thanks to the generous support
of bidders and attendees each year.