Sooke Soccer Club sells trees

The local soccer club is selling Christmas trees to raise money for their turf field

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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