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Palliative Manitoba looking for new partner to help with transportation, assembly of ‘Memory Tree’

Palliative Manitoba is looking for someone to transport and assemble its "Memory Tree," which provides a space for Winnipeggers coping with loss or grief over the holidays. Palliative Manitoba

Palliative Manitoba is looking for someone to transport and assemble its “Memory Tree,” which provides a space for Winnipeggers to honour deceased loved ones during the holiday season.

“Anyone who’s been to St. Vital Centre during the holiday season will know that there’s a huge tree in front of The Bay each year. That is the Memory Tree,” explained Lindsay Felstead, fundraising coordinator at Palliative Manitoba, a charity that helps those dying and their loved ones.

Palliative Manitoba is looking for someone to transport and assemble its “Memory Tree,” which provides a space for Winnipeggers coping with loss or grief over the holidays. Submitted / Palliative Manitoba

“The holiday season can bring up feelings of grief and loss and make them much more profound. It’s a safe place where they can come, sit, share their story with one of our passionate volunteers, fill out a card and hang it on the tree in memory of their loved one.”

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The tree stood at St. Vital Centre each holiday season for 32 years, until last year when COVID-19 forced the program to move online.

This year, there’s a new obstacle preventing the tree from going up.

Felstead says their long-standing logistics partner had to pull out of the program, so they need to find someone new to transport and assemble the massive tree and store it in the off-season.

Palliative Manitoba is looking for someone to transport and assemble its “Memory Tree,” which provides a space for Winnipeggers coping with loss or grief over the holidays. Submitted / Palliative Manitoba

She says the mall can provide a scissor lift, but they need a trained operator and about eight or 10 people to help put it together.

The tree is set to go up on Nov. 21 and the organization needs a team in place before then.

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Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to contact Palliative Manitoba.

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