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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.

 

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