Queensland has a new Queen after Alexandra Catalano (pictured
above) bid $25,000 for the state's symbolic first tray of
The 2019 Brisbane Produce Market Annual Charity Mango Auction
raised more than $31,000 thanks to Mango Queen Alexandra and
bidders on other items.
Alexandra's winning bid of $25,000 for the tray of mangoes was
made on behalf of Yuen's Farmers Markets, Harbour Town Discount
Fruit Barn and Waterford Discount Fruit Barn.
Proceeds from the day will be split between Diabetes Queensland
and MND and Me, which supports people living with Motor Neurone
Alexandra said she has family members who live with diabetes and
was very happy to know Diabetes Queensland is a joint-beneficiary
of today's efforts.
Celebrity guest at the auction, Queensland rugby league legend
Sam Thaiday, (pictured above with Alexandra) said he also has
family members with the condition and that it was a huge concern in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.
"Thanks very much for your support for diabetes and your
generosity today," Sam told Alexandra after the early morning
The annual auction, held from 6am at Brisbane Markets in Rocklea
this morning, has become a Queensland institution.
This year, a surprise mango seed squeezing competition saw Sam
triumph yet again as he squeezed a mango seed from an unopened
fruit metres into the crowd.
Brisbane Markets Chairman Tony Joseph said that while the Mango
Auction was an important charity fundraiser, it was also a fun way
to start the mango season and bring together the Brisbane Produce
"Thanks to all of our previous Mango Kings and Queens, the
annual charity event has raised almost $1 million to help
Queensland charities since 2002," Mr Joseph said.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Sturt Eastwood thanked Brisbane Markets
for their continued backing.
"Your unwavering support of Diabetes Queensland since 2013 helps
us spread the message that good, lifelong health depends in many
respects on eating fresh produce every day," he told the crowd at
"In most of our many activities, we reinforce the importance of
two fruit and five vegetables a day. Your work here directly
helps Queenslanders grow, buy and eat what they need to live
healthier lives. Thank you."
Sturt said just for the day, there should be a change to an
"Mangoes are an absolute powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, fibre
"They're an icon in the Queensland fruit and vegetable story.
The rhyme should probably change to a mango a day keeps the doctor