Sooke Soccer Club sells trees
The Sooke Soccer Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser has come back for a third year, and all proceeds will go towards a turf field at Fred Milne Park.
Jennifer Royer-Collard, event organizer, said there will be a tree for everyone, from table top trees to trees up to 10 feet in height. Prices will range in price from $15 to $55.
This year the club ordered 200 trees from Port Alberni, which include Douglar firs, grand firs and nobles.
“Grand firs smell really nice, and nobles are more of a sturdy tree so they have less needles and longer branches,” Royer-Collard said.
Money made after expenses will be injected into the turf field fund.
“No one takes any cuts, everybody that’s down there is a volunteer, volunteering their time,” she said.
“The money goes directly into the turf field fund.”
She said the Sooke Soccer Club is in need of a turf field due to torrential downpours in the region that cause the fields to close -- meaning a loss of practice and game time.
“It’s like a little river running through the soccer field. The grounds get so saturated,” Royer-Collard said.
It frustrates everybody, not just the players, but the coaches and the parents as well, she added.
The turf field will cost a minimum of $600,000.
Volunteers will be selling trees Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fred Milne Park and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trees will be on sale until Dec. 24.
Signage will also be placed at the Sooke Road and Sooke River Road, alerting residents of the event.