(PQB News file photo)

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Track committee to hold concert, dance fundraiser for Ballenas track upgrade in Parksville

The project cost is $1.5 million

The proponents of the Ballenas Secondary track upgrade want people to dust off their dancing shoes for the Oceanside Community Track Fundraiser Concert and Dance at Knox United Church, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

It’s a fundraising event organized by the Oceanside Community Track Society committee for the $1.5-million project that aims to replace the current cinder track at the school with an all-weather, six-lane rubberized running surface that is safe for users.

The society indicated that Knox United Church has donated the venue for the event and has been working closedly with the Knox’s co-ordinator Karen Freeman to plan the fun-filled evening.

Lloyd and Velma Derry, otherwise known as ‘Silhouette’, have also donated their time and musical talent and will feature upbeat tunes from 1950s, ’60s and ’70s music. Other highlights of the evening will be a silent auction and a concession by donation, offering light after dinner refreshments.

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The society has already raised $850,000 of the $1.5 million goal through generous community support and is moving closer to the finish line with every donation and fundraising event.

Tickets for the concert and dance are $20 and can be purchased at EventBrite, Close to You Ladies Fashions and Fireside Books, as well as from one of the Oceanside Community Track committee members.

Tickets will also be available at the door, but to avoid the disappointment of a sold out event, plan to purchase your ticket ahead of time.

The proposed Oceanside Community Track will be a fully accessible and free community space, located behind Ballenas Secondary School on Pym Street.The vision for the track is that it will be an intergenerational gathering space, where all ages will be welcomed to wheel, walk and run. The society wants you to picture grandparents pushing baby strollers, people rehabilitating from heart attacks and stroke, friends walking together and people with mobility limitations feeling safe on the flat soft surface.

Visit www.oceansidecommunitytrack.ca for more information about the concert/dance and other ways you can support the fundraising for the track, or contact Kim or Randy Longmuir at 250-248-8515 or ranlong@telus.net

— NEWS Staff

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