CLUB: BAJA SHOW & SHINE

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WITH NOTH­ING BUT clear blue skies, sun­shine, and tem­per­a­tures in the low twen­ties, it ac­tu­ally felt more like Baja Cal­i­for­nia, rather than the Bramp­ton Area Jeep As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual show and shine. Held on the first Satur­day in June, the event has evolved from a small-club get-to­gether into a ma­jor event on the On­tario 4x4 cal­en­dar.

Awe­some weather en­sured an equally in­cred­i­ble turn out with one hun­dred and twelve ve­hi­cles regis­tered for the show and shine, and a con­stant stream of spec­ta­tors milling around over the course of the six-hour event. This was pay­back in­deed for the team of hard work­ing vol­un­teers who have been busy or­ga­niz­ing the event since Jan­uary; some of whom were on site set­ting up at the un­earthly hour of five o’clock in the morn­ing on the day of the show.

The ever-pop­u­lar car-crush ran through­out the day, and lin­ing the perime­ter of the car-crush arena, in the cozy con­fines of the lo­cal Jeep deal­er­ship park­ing lot, the spon­sors and ven­dors – many re­turn­ing af­ter at­tend­ing pre­vi­ously suc­cess­ful BAJA events- were sell­ing ev­ery­thing from hot dogs, to light­ing, to beau­ti­fully re­stored mil­i­tary Jeeps; all of which at­tracted a great deal of in­ter­est.

The Bramp­ton Area Jeep As­so­ci­a­tion is a so­cially ac­tive group who meet year-round ev­ery Tues­day evening in the Shop­pers World park­ing lot in Bramp­ton. And de­spite the use of the phrase “park­ing lot” sev­eral times al­ready, these guys reg­u­larly hit the trails and pas­sion­ately get mud on their tires. Like many, no, ac­tu­ally all 4x4 clubs across Canada, the ca­ma­raderie was ev­i­dent as sev­eral guys worked hard to get a car-crush com­peti­tor un­stuck. An­other com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor preva­lent in 4x4 clubs is the de­sire to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity when­ever pos­si­ble and BAJA is no dif­fer­ent.

For the past eight years

the BAJA Show and Shine has ben­e­fited lo­cal char­i­ties, do­nat­ing ap­prox­i­mately twelve thou­sand dol­lars to date. As Canada cel­e­brates its’ 150th birth­day, BAJA chose to ben­e­fit one of Canada’s old­est char­i­ties; Sick­Kids, The Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Toronto.

One hun­dred and forty two years ago, on April 3rd 1875, El­iz­a­beth McMaster ac­cepted Mag­gie, a young scald­ing vic­tim, as the first pa­tient into the eleven room down­town Toronto house that she rented purely to treat sick chil­dren. McMaster promised to im­prove the lives of chil­dren ev­ery day, and that prom­ise has been up­held ever since; but it isn’t a cheap prom­ise to keep and that’s where you guys come in.

Although the ma­jor­ity of to­days’ fund­ing comes from gov­ern­ment grants, sixty three per­cent ac­cord­ing to the 2014/2015 fig­ures, over one third of the fund­ing comes di­rectly from your do­na­tions to the Sick­Kids Foun­da­tion. Without those do­na­tions, The Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren wouldn’t be the suc­cess­ful health­care, teach­ing, and re­search fa­cil­ity that it is to­day.

The $5294 raised from the 2017 BAJA Show and Shine –plus an­other cor­po­rate dona­tion of

two thou­sand dol­lars, promised by the end of June- will go di­rectly to Sick­Kids’ Camp OKI.

Run en­tirely by Sick­Kids car­di­ol­ogy doc­tors and nurses, Camp OKI pro­vides a nor­mal sum­mer-camp en­vi­ron­ment for kids with heart is­sues and im­planted de­vices. These kids are of­ten re­jected from main­stream sum­mer-camps due to ei­ther mis­in­for­ma­tion or a lack of con­fi­dence on the part of the camp or­gan­is­ers, par­ents, or pa­tients, but Camp OKI dis­pels those myths and en­ables ev­ery child to en­joy the unique Cana­dian sum­mer-camp ex­pe­ri­ence.

It doesn’t mat­ter that you didn’t at­tend the BAJA show and shine, or in­deed that you don’t live in Toronto; Sick­Kids doesn’t care who you are or where you live and wel­comes your do­na­tions be­cause ev­ery sin­gle cent goes to im­prove the life of a Cana­dian kid some­where.

And who can ar­gue with that Jeeple? @steve­rock66 @baja1941 | baja41.com @sick­kid­storonto | sick­kids.ca @am­soil­inc @bramp­ton_chrysler @ct­mo­tor­sports @dds.cus­toms @jeep­ac­ce­sories­gta @just­jeeps @kloeys_k­loset @of4wd @rock­spy­der_4x4 @sharpe­foods_1 @staangs­fab @willysacres

WORDS & PIC­TURES BY STEVE ROCK

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