Pictured in front of the newly installed donation tree (left to right): Madelyn and Suzanne Welychko, Val Kroot, Shelley Howard, Jennifer Kay, Jill Paris Rody and Carol Wilkowski.

‘Donation tree’ shows growing support for Campbell River Head Injury Support Society

Money still doesn’t grow on trees, but the foliage on a newly installed “donation tree” is raising funds for the Campbell River Head Injury Support Society.

The 15-foot sign is located outside the group’s office on the busy corner of Dogwood St. and 9th Ave. The names of businesses appear on a leaf in exchange for a $1,000 donation. Sections of the trunk are also available for $3,000.

“We don’t have any consistent funds that come in, so we have to fundraise for all of our operational costs and our programming,” said Jennifer Kay, housing and programming coordinator for the group.

She said that daily programming activities for members are free, with examples including anger management courses, peer support groups and art classes.

Much like in nature, the leaves will be renewed on an annual basis as donors put forward their contributions.

Jill Paris Rody, who prepared the large-format design, noted that students in a watercolour class that she teaches at the society were involved in the project.

“Some of them helped to paint the leaves,” she said.

Several sponsors are already named on the tree, including Ripple Rock Restoration, Deborah A. Ewart Inc., Lynn Nash, Arthur Oxbury, D-Architecture and Windsor Plywood.

Suzanne Welychko of Ripple Rock Restoration said she was glad to contribute to the community group.

“It’s important to be part of the town,” she said.

Materials and labour for the tree were supplied by companies including Argonaut Contracting, Windsor Plywood, Home Depot and Cloverdale Paint, Kay said.

She noted that businesses can purchase space on the tree by contacting the society at 250-287-4323.

@davidgordonkoch
david.koch@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As SD84 schools look to reopen, Kyuquot and Zeballos opt out

Schools in Tahsis and Gold River will open on June 1, with 30 per cent students expected to come in

RCMP calls decrease in Campbell River

Total for year up compared to 2019

Campbell River RCMP ask drivers to slow down in construction zones

Highlight lower speed through the Hwy. 19A project

Recycling depots in Campbell River, Courtenay to close

The unstaffed recyling depot at Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex is set to close July 1

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Mirror business directory and map

If you’d like to be added to the list, shoot us an email

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch

The NHL unveiled a return-to-play plan that would feature 24 teams

B.C. sees 9 new COVID-19 cases, one death as officials watch for new cases amid Phase Two

Number of confirmed active cases is at 244, with 37 people in hospital

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

Most Read