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With Christmas nearly a month away, the Bay Centre has already started decorating the halls for its 31st annual Festival of Trees.

If you’re taking a stroll downtown with friends or family, you won’t want to miss this beautiful winter wonderland display. Stop by and take a peek at the beautiful trees that are bound to leave you wishing you could take one home!

From now until January 3rd, the popular downtown shopping destination will swap its pristine white walls and granite floors with over 75 lush green trees, decorated to the nines by local businesses and sponsors to support a good cause—a cure for diabetes.

Medical staff and researchers at the BC Children’s Hospital have spent years working tirelessly in search of a cure for diabetes. Votes can be made by donation. All the proceeds from this year’s festival will go toward furthering the progress of this research.

According to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2,500 children living in British Columbia are living with Type 1 diabetes.

Shaun Cerisano, Philanthropy Manager for the BC Children’s Hospital says the scientists working on a cure are regarded as highly skilled experts in diabetes research in North America.

With a cure in sight, Cerisano says the necessary results cannot be discovered without the continued support of donations.

“The government provides funding based on the basic needs, basic isn’t what we want for our health care, especially when it comes to the health care of our children. We want excellence and the way we get from basic to excellent is through funding,” says Cerisano.

For those interested in supporting this year’s fundraiser, festival organizers are excited to introduce a new tap-to-donate feature, through a vote-by-donation basis. Now you can simply tap your phone or card on the display podium to help show support.

If you’re unable to make it, you can also show your support by donating to the Victoria Buzz fundraising page in direct support of BCCHF.

Festival of Trees 2022

  • When: November 17th until January 3rd, during regular shopping hours.
  • Where: The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street


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