A local builder is trying to “one-up” another, all to help fundraise for a Williams Lake teen who suffered serious injuries at the Boitanio Bike Park last month.
Brock Smith of Smith Timber Works had his team build two, handcrafted, solid Douglas fir picnic tables recently to raise money for Cam Prest and his family.
“It was just something we could do,” said Smith of the tables, noting on social media he was trying “to one-up the un-uppable Timberking Peter” Arnold and his team who also built a log bench and stools as a fundraiser for the Prest family.
“I don’t know the Prest family, but some of my staff are friends with him, and my family is a biking family and a hockey family and we all wanted to help.”
Anyone interested in the tables, priced at $1,200 each, can contact Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brock at 250-267-1253.
To date, a GoFundMe for the family has raised $43,780 while a bottle drive initiated by Total Ice Titans raised $5,647 in just one week.
Cam fractured two vertebrae while biking in Williams Lake June 11 and was medivaced to Vancouver General Hospital for treatment. He has since been transferred to GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre to continue his recovery.
His parents, Erin and Keith, said they are very grateful and thankful for all the community support the family has received, as is Cam who posted a thank you on the Support for Camp Prest Facebook page.
“Just want to say thank you to my friends, family and to my community members who live near and far. Nobody could have predicted this, but with the endless love and support of you all I am feeling confident coming into this new chapter of my life,” notes the post. “Thank you for helping my parents and my brothers and sister too. We really couldn’t do it without knowing you all are there.”