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Festival of Trees returns November 29 to December 3

The much anticipated 30th Annual Festival of Trees, takes Prince George by storm November 29 to December 3 at the Prince George Civic Centre. Tickets are currently on sale online at www.spiritofthenorth.ca.  This milestone year promises to be one to remember as organizers get set to celebrate three decades of impact with this long-time community kick off to the holiday season.

Noting the legacy of this milestone year, an equally important funding need will benefit from the annual event.  This year funding will be directed towards enhancing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UHNBC. As the sole NICU facility in the north, UHNBC urgently needs expansion to accommodate the growing demands for neonatal care. The funds raised will double current capacity to 15 beds, allowing premature infants born as early as 30 weeks’ gestation to receive vital care they need while remaining close to their families and support systems.

“This is a significant enhancement to care for our littles patients in Northern BC ensuring they have the best possible start in life, and one that we felt matched the legacy of Festival of Trees,’ said Aimee Cassie, Spirit of the North, CEO.  “The impact of Festival has been felt by thousands of patients both locally and throughout the North, and this year we wanted the theme to reflect the spirit of Festival after all these years.”

‘Celebrating the Spirit of Giving for 30 Years’ has been selected as the overall theme that will be incorporated into all aspects of the event, including the NEW Charity Forrest.  This addition invites local non-profits to partake in the annual event, and sees proceeds from their trees donated back to their cause.  ‘We wanted to highlight the incredible work of all of our local non-profits and felt the Charity Forrest was the perfect way to do this,’ said Cassie.

Returning again this year, and building on the incredible success of 2022, is the Northland Dodge Giving Tree that will invite event guests to donate gently used diaper bags and new toiletries that will be given to mothers in need, some who will directly benefit from the NICU development. This initiative underscores the commitment to uplifting and aiding families both locally and throughout the region, while highlighting The Spirit of Giving.

Tickets are currently on sale, and selling fast, for the much-loved community events set to return this year including the MEDIchair North BC Seniors Lunch, Yellowhead Rotary Business Breakfast, Scotiabank Seniors Tea, Canadian Tire Fashion Show, Northland Dodge Santa Breakfast, Northland Auto Group Fundraising Gala, and the Kopar Administration Family Day.

Join everyone in this meaningful celebration of giving, where each contribution plays a significant role in supporting the well-being of our community. For more information and to participate in the Festival of Trees, visit www.spiritofthenorth.ca.

 

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