Community cooks up support for family

Chili Fest set for Saturday at St. Peter’s Church in Saanich

Emma Smith and her father

Emma Smith and her father

Saturday’s Great Community Chili Fest at St. Peter’s Church will benefit the family of Emma Smith, which has run into financial struggles during her ongoing 3.5-year battle with brain cancer.

The 12-year-old Lansdowne middle school student is one of the chili cookers, with father Darrell.

They’ll challenge a quartet of men, each cooking a chili for the event.

Each of the chilies comes with cornbread, buns, drinks and dessert. There will be vegetarian options.

Work has been an issue for Darrell, a cartographers who specializes in project management for companies laying telecommunication cables on sea floors. The jobs take him all over the world and are often too long for Darrell to commit to as he is unwilling to be away from Emma for more than a week or two at a time. But even shorter-term contracts are becoming hard to find now.

The community has helped support the family in recent months, particularly with the crowdfunding effort at

The family evening starts at 5:30 p.m. at St Peter’s (3939 St Peter’s Rd). There will also be a silent auction with community business donations and a 50/50 draw at 7 p.m.

Entrance is by donation.

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