Rotary’s Tree of Joy reminds people to give gifts to deserving children

November 19th, 2011 by Rotary Club of Guernsey

The Rotary Club of Guernsey’s campaign to collect gifts for island children began in 1994 on the initiative of Rotarian ‘Jerry’ Girard.

Since 2004 it has been symbolised by an illuminated Tree of Joy on the Weighbridge roundabout in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Each year the Rotary Club identifies deserving Guernsey children who would benefit from a present at Christmas. Labels with details of a child’s first name, age and suggested present are made for the present requests. The Tree of Joy reminds Guernsey residents that these labels are available.

The Tree of Joy lit up for Christmas on the Weighbridge roundabout (click image to expand - ©Tony Rive - image courtesy of Deutsche Bank)

More than 550 Tree of Joy labels will be available from Monday 28 November 2011.  “Each label is unique to a deserving child and so if a label is taken and not returned then it means a child could miss out on a present at Christmas,” said Rotary Community Services chairman David Parish.

“The Rotary Club of Guernsey relies on the generosity of the Guernsey public to satisfy the demand for presents. Without the generous support of local people this appeal would fail,” Mr. Parish said.

Once purchased, presents, which are not expected to exceed £25 in value, should be wrapped and returned to the same location where the label was collected from by 12 December.

“Each year we talk to our sponsors Deutsche Bank, Sure and Long Port and identify ways that we can make the Tree of Joy a little bit different,” said Mr. Parish.

“We have been able to purchase a new set of lights for the Tree of Joy at the Weighbridge in St Peter Port and use the old lights to create a second tree at the airport, which will be located on the grass bank separating the car park from the passenger drop-off and collection area.”

The Tree of Joy by Guernsey Airport terminal on 4 December 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“Having a tree at both the airport and near St Peter Port harbour means that people arriving in the island are welcomed by what has become an iconic Guernsey symbol of Christmas and allows us to keep the reason behind the Tree of Joy at the forefront of everyone’s minds.”

Charles Billson, chairman of the Long Port Group said “Long Port, Deutsche Bank and Sure have been involved with the Tree of Joy for seven years now because we recognise how important it is to help those islanders who are less fortunate while at the same time adding something extra to the island’s Christmas illuminations. We hope that the new lights on the roundabout and the new tree at the airport will make people feel very festive.”

The Tree of Joy at the airport will be switched at 6 pm on Thursday 1 December 2011 and the Weighbridge Tree of Joy will be illuminated from 6 pm on Friday 2 December 2011.


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