Festival of Trees to shine brightly at SEAPARC

More than a dozen decorated trees will line the main foyer in celebration of Christmas.

SEAPARC Leisure Complex will get a lot brighter and colourful Friday (Dec. 4) with the launching of this year’s Festival of Trees.

More than a dozen decorated trees will line the main foyer in celebration of Christmas.

A fundraiser of B.C. Children’s Hospital, the idea is to have companies and families pay $250 and sponsor a tree, after which it gets set up and decorated at the donors’ discretion in any theme they prefer. In turn, donation envelopes are made available and the public can put in a cash donation and vote for their favorite tree.

Last year, SEAPARC raised $1,700.

Running into its seventh year of the festival, SEAPARC is changing it up a bit and focusing more on the giving goodness of the Sooke community, as a lack of sponsorship of trees this year has left the forest a little scarce.

“This year it’s a bit different, as some of the trees are being donated to non-profits, so our tree sponsorship portion won’t be as much, but we’re hoping to do more of a drive on the donation end of it,” said SEAPARC programmer Elizabeth Olsen.

SEAPARC’s event is a satellite of the same type of tree festival held every year at the Empress in downtown Victoria, with different divisions including Sooke, Port Alberni and Nanaimo.

The drop-in tree sponsorship however, is more dire up Island.

“Unfortunately, Port Alberni has folded this year due to a lack of interest, and just a really hard time getting the festival going there,” Olsen said.

“Nanaimo experienced similar problems as well as we have, whereas before, the tree sponsorship hasn’t been that difficult for us to obtain. This year, it just seems like it’s a little bit of a different route.”

Olsen said in Sooke alone, more than 200 families use the services of B.C. Children’s Hospital, which is part of why Sooke has been such a popular destination for a satellite festival of trees.

“There has been so much need lately in Sooke with different fundraisers for kids and families that we know here in the community,” she said, adding that due to the changes in sponsorships, the festival may take on a whole other face next year.

 

“It may just look a bit different next year, it maybe needs to be revitalized a little bit.”

 

 

Just Posted

GUEST OPINION: Slinging mud and giving to charity

Potters come together to help Sooke charities

Sooke’s under-14 girls squad ready for playoff tests

Sooke team has perfect record so far

World Juniors fast approaching as selection camp begins in Colwood

BC Hockey and provincial dignitaries launched the championship on Tuesday at The Q Centre

Site preparation for new school in Langford to begin soon

Construction plan to be submitted in spring 2019

Heavy rain spurs public health advisory for Greater Victoria beaches

Wastewater along shoreline may pose a health risk

Miniature Christmas Land is back in Saanich

Local family continues to open intense Christmas-themed basement to public

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

Mental health issue suspected after spike belts end Island Highway car chase

Woman in her 30s detained after Tuesday afternoon incident in Lantzville

Most Read