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.