A fundraiser for Christmas tree chips held at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club last weekend raised nearly $2,000 to help fund the club’s ongoing efforts to repair its grounds after a flood in November.
A total of about 50 trees were dropped off to be chipped at the Jan. 8-9 event, said gaming club president Diana Barkley, which raised a total of $1,965.
Tree chipping was done by donation, with most giving $20 and few up to $50, Barkley noted.
“A person came up and said they didn’t have a tree, but they liked what we were doing and put a $100 bill in our donation box,” Barkley said.
Another person showed up with a check for $500, which the donor presented in memory of a friend who had been very active with the club in the past.
Barkley said the Fish and Game Club volunteers who were on site over the weekend “were overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback from those who came out.”
The club, which is located at 1284 184 St., suffered damage to its hatchery and other parts of the property as a result of floods that wreaked havoc over various parts of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley in mid-November.
Barkley said that torrential rain this week brought a lot of water to the property again – “The nature trail entrance is under water again,” she noted – but there were no new water issues. flooding in the hatchery building.
“Hopefully the water will drain in the next few days,” she said. “Another hell of a mess.”