Although restrictions have lifted, in consideration of the ongoing concern related to COVID-19, the Ponoka and District Health Foundation (PDHF) will not be holding the Festival of Trees in 2021.
The foundation discussed whether to go ahead or not for this year at their meeting in the spring, but it was decided it was not a good idea to go ahead with planning the festival as it would include groups of people in close contact.
It was also discussed in June that the community has been very co-operative with donations but maybe they needed a break from giving donations this year, says Dorothy Ungstad, PDHF chair.
The ‘Un-Festival of Trees’ fundraising campaign held from November to December, 2020, in lieu of the traditional Festival of Trees, raised over $90,000 for Long Term Care beds and mattresses, which will make a difference for residents of long term care, she says.
“The importance the community placed on senior health needs was evident by the amount of donations received and the support for the Festival of Trees,” said Ungstad.
Instead of the traditional Festival of Trees, the foundation is looking at alternative possibilities to hold something in November.