The Oceanside Community Track is working to reach the finish line of their fundraising effort to upgrade the Ballenas track. (PQB News photo)

Parksville track committee to hold silent auction as it aims to hit $1.5M target

Fundraising for Ballenas track upgrade passes 50 per cent of goal

The Oceanside Community Track fundraiser is past 56 per cent of its $1,500,000 target to get the Ballenas Secondary cinder track upgraded to a rubberized all-season surface.

To continue to bring them closer to their funding finish line, a silent auction will be held Dec. 9 at Pacific Shores Resort and Spa located at 1600 Stroulger Rd., Nanoose Bay from 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. It can also be viewed on the Oceanside Community Track Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1670329736645944.

Virtual bids will open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Auction organizer Sarah Russick indicated donations from individuals and businesses have been coming in supporting the silent auction including those from Tigh-Na-Mara, Arrowsmith Brewing, Island Marine Adventures Tour, Wolf Brewery, Qualicum Pharmasave, Misguided Spirits Distillery, Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites, Soak Essentials, Springford Farms, Parkswest and Loveshack Libations Brewery.

“Support for the auction is off to a great start,” said Russick. “We do need many more businesses to get involved to help make this one of the biggest fundraisers for the track. So far we have had pledges of accommodation, trips, store goods, beverages, gift certificates and more.”

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Pledges can be emailed to Sarah at fundraising@OceansideCommunityTrack.ca.

The planned upgrade, which will feature a six-lane training track, still needs approximately $700,000.

Businesses interested in donating directly you can visit oceansidecommunitytrack.ca.

The GoFundMe page for donations is at: http://oceansidecommunitytrack.ca/donate.

— NEWS Staff

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