Sunrise Rotary ‘branch out’ for charity, selling real trees to benefit the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital

PICKING THE PERFECT PINE: Ella Hale, 12, who helped her dad Nathan pick out a real tree at Bunnings on Sunday. Picture: Les Smith
PICKING THE PERFECT PINE: Ella Hale, 12, who helped her dad Nathan pick out a real tree at Bunnings on Sunday. Picture: Les Smith

There’s nothing like the fresh smell of pine to signal Christmas is here. 

Wagga Sunrise Rotary are keeping an age-old tradition alive, with families delighting at the chance to pick out a real tree and transport it home to become the heart of celebrations. 

In the spirit of the season, all proceeds will be donated to the Wagga hospital. 

The prickly pines were a hit at Bunnings Wagga on Sunday after the team were rained out on Saturday. 

They’ll be back and restocked next weekend from 9am. 

David Brady from Wagga Sunrise Rotary with a freshly cut tree. Picture: Les Smith

David Brady from Wagga Sunrise Rotary with a freshly cut tree. Picture: Les Smith

Sunrise Rotary’s Dave O’Grady said there’s just something special about a real tree. 

“They’re natural, when you walk into a room you have that beautiful pine smell,” he said. 

“The kids love them, they don’t get attached to a plastic tree in the same way- it’s a family thing as they all come down and pick one together,” he said. 

Donations will be made to the children’s ward, emergency department and special care nursery at the hospital specifically. 

Mr O’Grady said he hopes those considering a real tree this Christmas will invest in one with a charitable community benefit. 

The pines are developed from Californian seed stock to fill the requirements of the perfect Christmas centrepiece and pruned each year to hold their shape.