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Summerside Presbyterian Church pancake breakfast flips Heritage Park fundraiser to new heights

Lead pastor of Summerside Baptist Church Cory Somers, from left, joins forces with Reverend Brad Blaikie of the Summerside Presbyterian Church to raise money for the residents of Heritage Park.
Lead pastor of Summerside Baptist Church Cory Somers, from left, joins forces with Reverend Brad Blaikie of the Summerside Presbyterian Church to raise money for the residents of Heritage Park. - Desiree Anstey

Volunteers were hot on their heels in the kitchen as they served a full house

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I.Coffee dripped into each mug, eggs were folded and pancakes perfectly flipped as volunteers were kept hot on their heels in the kitchen of the Summerside Presbyterian Church, while they served a full hot breakfast to help raise money for those in need of relocation from Heritage Park, Saturday morning.

“Communities are at their best when we come together,” commented Reverend Brad Blaikie, who was pleased to see every seat in the hall quickly filled. “All the proceeds from this event will go to help the residents of Heritage Park, and I’ve met a few of them, and they are thankful for the support,” he added.

Mayor of the city of Summerside Bill Martin folds scrambled eggs with the help of Katharina Mueller, who is running for council on Ward 2 (St. Eleanors and Slemon Park area).
Mayor of the city of Summerside Bill Martin folds scrambled eggs with the help of Katharina Mueller, who is running for council on Ward 2 (St. Eleanors and Slemon Park area).

All funds raised from the event will go towards helping the residents of the trailer park, located just off water Street, move their homes or find new places all together.

Heritage Park is set to close on Nov. 30.

“Churches are not often known for working together that well and often, but this is a perfect opportunity to join alliances and help those in need. We are supporting this church and what they are doing to bless the residents of Heritage Park,” said Cory Somers, the lead pastor of Summerside Baptist Church.

“This is a mission where we are banding together to bless people in the community that in many cases have no connection to our church families,” he continued. “We’re throwing these funds to the larger heritage Park project, to be divided equally between the residents.”

Blaikie added, “It’s a way of living out the Gospel. Jesus calls us to care for those who need help, so this is an excellent example of the church at large stepping up.”

Summerside mayor Bill Martin was among the volunteers. He said the event is “an opportunity for everyone in the community to be engaged.”

The next fundraising breakfast will be held today at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, located at 74 Summer St. in Summerside, 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $8 per person. For more information, go to Facebook.

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