SA cherries raise $23,000 for charity

All the pics from the 2018 Adelaide Cherry Ball


The first case of cherries for the season fetched $23,000 at the 2018 Adelaide Cherry Ball.


THE annual Cherry Ball was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in November, attended by nearly 450 people.

The white-themed event raised $212,245 for Camp Quality, which included $23,000 paid for a five-kilogram box of new-season cherries.

Donated by Costa Farms, the auction item was bought by Roy and Joan Schirripa, West Lakes, who were then crowned Cherry Ball King and Queen, while the night’s Cherry Prince and Princess were eight-year-old Levi O’Donogue and nine-year-old Jazmyn Mitchell.

Jazmyn was diagnosed with a stage 4 Neuroblastoma at age seven, while Levi was the same age when his 2.5-year-old sister Maddie was also diagnosed with a stage 4 Neuroblastoma.


Other auction items included a dinner with Power players, Directors Club tickets at the Superloop Adelaide 500 and boxes of fruit and vegetables donated by generous growers from the Pooraka Markets.

Camp Quality SA state manager Kendra Overall said she was humbled by the Pooraka Markets support. 

“The ball is a magnificent event that raises an amazing amount of money to help Camp Quality bring ‘kid-ness’ – the essence of being a kid – back into the lives of children impacted by cancer,” she said.

Camp Quality supports more than 7500 kids, giving them the opportunity to create everlasting memories and to connect with other families who understand what they are going through. 

In its 21st year, the Cherry Ball has raised more than $3 million for families impacted by cancer.


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