Symphony of Roses raises funds for the VIS

Rose orders to be in by March 20; flower delivery throughout local area on March 25

There’ll be smiles, happy hearts and fuzzy feelings for unsuspecting residents from Ladysmith to Qualicum Beach on March 25. That’s when the 16th annual Symphony of Roses Day, a fundraiser for the Vancouver Island Symphony, takes place.

“This is a warm fuzzy fundraiser and something that people in the community really look forward to,” said Marianne Turley of Turley’s Florist, the Nanaimo company that supplies and delivers the roses, in a news release from VI Symphony. “It’s like having an incredible opportunity to reach out and give someone the message that says ‘I care’.”

On the 25th, an army of volunteers will head out from Turley’s Florists to deliver the boxes of roses to homes, offices, schools and other sites. According to the news release, flowers can be driven as far as Qualicum Beach.

If you would like to send flowers to a loved one, call 250-754-6344 or download the order form from the Festival Nanaimo (festivalnanaimo.com) and VI Symphony (vancouverislandsymphony.com) web sites and fax it to 250-754-2191 or drop it off at Turley’s Florist (60 Terminal Ave.). All orders must be in by March 20 at 4 p.m. A dozen roses cost $32, while a box of 24 roses costs $60. All proceeds go toward the VI Symphony. Also, if you would like to deliver the roses yourself, flowers will be ready for pick up from 9 a.m. onwards on March 25.

— NEWS Staff/VIS