Fruit sale boost to help fight cancer

Member from the Freemason's Sturt-Buninyong United Lodge and foundation meet with Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute director George Kannourakis.
Member from the Freemason's Sturt-Buninyong United Lodge and foundation meet with Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute director George Kannourakis.

AN ANNUAL Freemasons fruit sales is helping to fight cancer.

The Number 23 Masonic social committee, under the Sturt-Buninyong United Lodge, delivered a $3000 boost to Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute in Ballarat.

This includes a $2000 grant from the Freemasons Foundation Victoria, the charity arm of the Victorian Freemasonry.

The social committee’s annual fruit sale has raised more than $50,000 to share among community groups and organisations since 1999.

Lodge members collect the fruit direct from growers in Shepparton, then re-packaged in five-kilogram lots for sale.

Farm suppliers Hewitt and Whitty offer a truck to transport fruit and their Wiltshire Lane store to host the fruit sale.

This year, part of their focus was on cancer research. 

FECRI’s key research projects include: identifying potential new immunotherapy targets for ovarian cancer; identifying a new immune cell subset in histiocytic disorders; further immune studies in various cancer and leukaemia; and, identifying a new method for isolating new viruses.

For more information on the Institute or to donate and support cancer research visit www.fecri.org.au.