Erin Martens

Erin Martens

Get cracking for Ladysmith park

The Oceanview Community Church and an army of volunteers have decided to get cracking to raise money for the final phase of the Brown Drive Kin Park.The church, with the help of Island Eggs, will be holding an omelette breakfast on Father’s Day, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all donations going to rebuilding the park.Pastor Darin Phillips said the need to rebuild the park was brought to his attention when he was reading the Chronicle while still living in Victoria.Once he arrived in Ladysmith, Phillips learned the park is near and dear to the hearts of Ladysmith residents.During its first fundraiser, the church was able to raise $5,000 for  the park.The following root beer and burger night was also a resounding success with close to 600 people showing up.“It just blew us out of the water with the town sense of participation.”One of the church’s part-time workers also works with Island Eggs. During a company function, the member was talking about the project, which garnered the attention of management who were looking to donate in the area.Soon, the fundraisers found themselves with a commitment for 2,000 eggs.“We dreamed and prayed about it and came up with the idea of this crazy breakfast,” said Phillips.The breakfast at the church, would not have been possible if not for the dedication of volunteers and other corporate sponsors, including Tim Hortons and McDonalds.  Chef George Liaros from the Transfer Beach Grill has been a big help, said Phillips. He will also be on hand at the event to train the omelette makers.Philips said they are hoping to raise at least $5,000 at the event to help cover the cost of the third and final phase of the park.The list of chefs include the likes of Mayor Rob Hutchins, Staff-Sgt. Roger Plamondon, Fire Chief Ray Delcourt and many others.“We just thought ‘Let’s get a different cross-section of people.”