On the evening of November 15, 2017, The Bay Centre in Victoria hosted the kickoff for the Victoria Festival of Trees. This event is an annual Christmas fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital. Many local businesses and groups sponsor and decorate a tree to be submitted for voting. There was also a live auction that included a Vancouver Canucks hockey jersey that was signed by all the players and a West Jet return flight. All funds raised through this event support the Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports important programs and services provided by BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
Four members of our club attended this event to present a $1000 donation. They also got to meet Rowan Loran, this year’s Festival of Trees Island Champion. It was a wonderfully poignant event.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit the trees and vote for their favourite. The display is available for viewing and voting until January 2, 2018.