If there is still wrapping paper on your floor, North Shore Rescue wants to chip in for your holiday clean up.
North Shore Rescue will be chipping old Christmas trees to start the new year.
Team Leader Mike Danks says they have been very active over the holidays, and this fundraiser will put them in a better financial position.
“This last little while has been super busy for our members and we’re incredibly grateful (for) the support from people in our community.”
Danks says this is the third time they’ve hosted a post-Christmas fundraiser with Covenant House, and every year has been bigger.
A donation of five dollars to the search and rescue team and Covenant House will see a decoration-less tree chipped at Westview Shopping Centre this weekend.
A minimum donation of five dollars will recycle your ornament-free Christmas tree.
“Our requirements every year are about $500,000 and we typically fund-raise around $320,000 every year. So I don’t want to put any pressure on these guys. Any contribution is a great one.”
North Shore Rescue’s annual operating cost is half a million dollars.
The team went on 132 rescue missions in 2016.
He says fundraisers like these make it easier for them to continue to run, especially in a year where the idea of pay-for-save rescue service has come up.
“It takes the pressure off of us to be out there, you know shaking the trees if you will. This is something (where) a lot of the leg work has been done by others. And we will have team members there on the day, but you know it’s not as much as a draw on our membership.”
Anyone looking to have their tree chipped can go to Westview Shopping Centre between nine and five Saturday and Sunday.