Cadboro-Gyro Park will transform into a bit of a carnival on July 27 for the annual Fun Day in the Park, a day of music, entrainment and kids’ stuff at Saanich’s most scenic beach.
Started by Saanich resident Teri McGeachie after her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s, the event is entering its fifth year as a community event, and a fundraiser and an awareness raiser for Crohn’s and colitis, diseases of the bowel.
Last year’s event attracted more than 1,500 people to its popular Noodlebox game, kids events and live music. This year the lineup is Spiral Swing Orchestra, Kaya Fraser, Peet Vuur Combo, and Coastal Giant.
“It’s about families coming down and having fun. There’s lots to do, and lots to do for kids and something for all ages,” said McGeachie, who owns and operates Flowers to You.
With her background in event planning, a brother in the music industry and a husband who can program websites, and now a stable of 60 volunteers, McGeachie is able to draw in talented performers who donate their time, and a wide array of silent auction items from businesses and merchants across the city. Island Traffic Services donates traffic control people and M&M Meats donates food.
“The community is so supportive it blows my mind away. So many step forward and offer something,” “It’s a great day and each time its the hottest day of the year.”
Last year the event raised $12,000 for research into Crohn’s and colitis, and to support those living with the diseases. McGeachie said she’s trying to strip away the shame often associated with the diseases.
“We want people to come out with us and no longer feel shame or embarrassment around this. We are here for people who suffer from this,” she said. “The big thing is ‘help us help you.’ That’s my slogan.”