Fundraising event benefits Special Olympics in Powell River

Annual tree mulch returns January 6

Powell River’s annual Christmas Tree Mulch takes place Sunday, January 6, from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking lot behind Mother Nature on Duncan Street. The event raises funds benefiting Special Olympics BC-Powell River.

“It’s a great fundraiser for us,” said local coordinator for Special Olympics Jackie Milsom. “We have the support of the [City of Powell River] and CUPE members are volunteering their time to pick up the trees.”

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There are two ways to participate in the mulch.

“People can make donations for the tree tags and can purchase them at any of the grocery stores, 7-Eleven and Mother Nature,” said Milsom.

The tagged trees will then be picked up by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) #798 volunteers on Sunday morning. Residents are also welcome to drop off trees at the parking lot where coffee, hot chocolate and holiday baking treats will be on hand, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the local athletes and volunteers.

Those opting for pickup are asked to have trees curbside by 8 am Sunday. Residents making donations of $20 or more will be issued a tax receipt if their full mailing address accompanies the donation.Money raised will go toward managing and maintaining local programs as well as supporting athletes with travel costs.

“We have somefloor hockey athletes competing at the provincials in Vernon at the end of February,” said Milsom. “Our athletes practice with their team in Courtenay throughout the season and they have a game scheduled with the [Powell River Kings] here in Powell River on February 10,” she added.

Milsom said Special Olympics run six local sports programs, which athletes depend on for exercise and social connections. The organization is always looking for more volunteers, she added. Those interested can call 604.414.5214.

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