A silent auction is being held to raised funds to upgrade the dilapidated Ballenas Secondary track. (PQB News file photo)

A silent auction is being held to raised funds to upgrade the dilapidated Ballenas Secondary track. (PQB News file photo)

More than $10K worth of items to be auctioned to help build new Parksville track

Event to take place virturally and in-person on Dec. 9

More than $10,000 worth of donated items are being auctioned for the Oceanside Community Track fundraiser, set for Thursday, Dec. 9.

The auction will be held virtually at the OCT website oceansidecommunitytrack.ca/auction/ and in person at Pacific Shores & Spa located at 1600 Stroulger Rd. in Nanoose Bay, between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A vaccination passport is required for entry to the event, and COVID safety protocols will be in place.

“Support for the auction has been phenomenal,” said Sarah Russick, auction organizer. “We want to thank all our amazing donors and know our community will support the fundraiser and maybe find some great Christmas gifts as well.”

One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go towards the $1.5-million cost to upgrade the dilapidated cinder track at Ballenas Secondary into a six-lane all-season rubber track.

Some of the items to be auctioned include a one-night stay at Tigh Na Mara, two nights at Waters Edge Shoreline Suites, two nights at Ocean Sands Resorts, Island Marine Adventures Tour for four people, six-month membership for Bestseller Academy, Music Life Coach, four rounds of golf at Fairwinds Golf Club, Freezer Pork Pack from Springwood Farms, and more.

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There are also gift baskets and gift cards from Thrifty Foods, Qualicum Pharmasave, Soak Essentials, Serious Coffee, Rocking Horse Pub, Boston Pizza, Nanaimo Frontrunners, Lefty’s and Foundation Complementary Health.

A full list of auction items can be viewed at oceansidecommunitytrack.ca/auction/ Virtual bids will open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. A video will be posted before 9 a.m. that will showcase all the items up for auction. All the successful bidders will be contacted on Dec. 10.

Russick said they are still accepting last-minute pledges for the auction. And for those interested in donating can email her at fundraising@OceansideCommunityTrack.ca

For those who want to directly donate funds, they can go to GoFundMe page at http://oceansidecommunitytrack.ca/donate

— NEWS staff, submitted

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