2 April 2014

Bale of wool sells for 5000c/kg at Melbourne wool store for Epilepsy Foundation’s Purple Day

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By Nicola Bell - The Weekly Times

Wool buyers dug deep and dressed in purple for charity last week.

A bale of wool, with all proceeds going to the Epilepsy Foundation, sold for 5000c/kg in Melbourne.

The bale was bought by James Thomson and Chris Kelly from Australian Merino Exports and resulted in a total contribution of $9350 to the Epilepsy Foundation.

It’s the second year Paul Ferronato, wool trading manager for Victorian Wool Pro­cessors, and his son Thomas, 10, who suffers from epilepsy, have held the fundraising day at the Melbourne wool store.

This year’s bale of 19.5-micron wool was donated by Greg and Helen Polkinghorne from Overdale at St Arnaud.

Mr Ferronato said they raised $32,000, well above the $20,000 raised last year.

“Thomas and I were blown away by the generosity, support and effort made by my ­fellow members of the trade.”

Mr Ferronato said other firms who missed out on buying the bale of wool also made significant contributions to the fund, with Modiano donating $1000, Dynon Wool $2000 and Techwool $2000.

Digging deep: Buyers and wool brokers operating from Melbourne got behind the Epilepsy Foundation’s Purple Day last week, and helped raise more than $32,000 for the charity.
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