Wool Industry Support

The Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation (MMWIF) runs several fundraising events each year within the wool industry but welcome any donations from the greater farming and agricultural community.

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Foundation director Paul Foley, based at Fremantle, hopes the charity auction will go nationwide while keeping its WA flavour. “In Fremantle, we raised $31,000 and the next day $54,000 was raised in Melbourne,” he said.

Read more in ‘Freo charity wool auction leaves warm and fuzzy feelings’ | July 2019
AWEX, Andrew Rickwood with past MMWIF Director, Paul Foley

The latest Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation charity auction has raised a further $105,000, to be distributed amongst rural families in need of assistance, due to illness or accidents.

Foundation board member Len Tenace said about 30 brokers donated 68 bales, ranging from lowest to highest quality. “There was something for everybody,” Mr Tenace said. “We achieved a better than market rate on most lots, with buyers paying well above the odds for the wool.”

Read more in ‘More rural families to benefit from wool charity auction‘ | July 2018

The generosity and support Mr Manion showed to young wool-buyers during his 43 years as a wool-buyer will be celebrated during the 54th end of trading season Carding Night at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. The event is attended by nearly 100 wool exporters from across the country who will bid on more than 20 bales, some consisting of top-line Merino fleeces, which have been donated to the fundraiser by wool exporters and brokers.

Read more in ‘Wool industry helps the needy’ | July 2016
MMWIF Director, Len Tenace with MMWIF Chairman, Ken Stock

HE WAS known as a ‘Trojan’ in the wool industry and now the late Michael Manion’s name will be perpetuated with a foundation set up by his peers to assist rural people in need.

The group has a long history of raising money for charities such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and has contributed $50,000 to Epilepsy Victoria over many years.

Fundraising will be kick-started at Melbourne’s January 15 wool auction when a bale of fleeces donated by Omeo district growers will be sold and all money donated to the foundation.

Read more in “Manion’s Legacy Lives On” | Jan 2015
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