The Oceanside Community Track Committee is past the halfway point to its $1.5 million funding goal and has planned a silent auction to bring it even closer to the finish line.
The proposed track’s steering committee will hold the auction from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 — the event will happen in-person at Pacific Shores Resort and Spa in Nanoose and online.
“Support for the auction is off to a great start. We do however need many more businesses to get involved to help make this one of the biggest fundraisers for the track,” said Sarah Russick, auction organizer. “So far we have had pledges of accommodation, trips, store goods, beverages, gift certificates and more.”
The project has already received donations from many individuals and businesses, including 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, according to a release from the Oceanside Community Track Committee.
The committee added it is keen to hear from businesses able to make direct donations of $10,000 to $50,000.
“We’ve had incredibly generous donations on the Oceanside Track GoFundMe from individuals averaging over $200. We’d love businesses to follow their example and join us before the end of the year and help reach our fundraising goal so we can put the first spade in the ground in 2022,” said Rudy Terpstra, head of the track steering committee.
Pledges can be emailed to Russick at fundraising@OceansideCommunityTrack.ca.
Businesses interested in donating directly can visit the track’s fundraising website.
The Oceanside Track Committee said it is very grateful to all the organizations supporting the track and fundraising efforts. These include Motiontide, Oceanside Track & Field Club, ORCA and its Olympic ambassadors.