CLUB: TOP­LESS IN TILL­SON­BURG

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WORDS BY MICHELLE BAB­COCK PHO­TOS MYKAYLA BAB­COCK M-LYNN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Cross Coun­try Jeep­ers held their An­nual Go Top­less Day event on May 26, 2018 in Till­son­burg, On­tario. The day started at 8 am as we set up for the big event. We be­gan regis­tra­tion at 10 am and handed out goody bags to 50 Jeeps and 75 peo­ple. Then the con­voy rolled down to the ridge in Port Bur­well for pho­tos, both groups and in­di­vid­u­als pos­ing with their Jeeps. The Jeep con­voy then re­turned to Till­son­burg to en­joy the ven­dors, a bar­beque, and prizes.

There were youth ac­tiv­i­ties such as a pet­ting zoo called 6 Day Zoo, which has furry crit­ters and rep­tiles. This year’s fundrais­ing col­lected $910, which was donated to Coura­geous Com­pan­ions. This is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides qual­ity trained cer­ti­fied ser­vice dogs to Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans and First Re­spon­ders who suf­fer from PTSD (Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der). They pro­vide ser­vice dogs at no charge, and they rely en­tirely on do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Go Top­less Day has been around for 11 years. It orig­i­nated back in 2008 when All Things Jeep started it in Lan­caster, MA with about 80 jeeps. This is Cross Coun­try Jeep­ers third year. Our first year’s funds went to Tim Hor­ton’s Youth Lead­er­ship Camp and last year was the John Sweeney Pro­gram for Home­less Vet­er­ans.

Prepa­ra­tion for this event starts in Oc­to­ber with do­na­tion re­quest let­ters be­ing sent as far as the United States. A lot of work, time, and ef­fort are put into plan­ning such a huge event but it is so much fun and the re­sults are grat­i­fy­ing.

Plan­ning for next year is al­ready in the works as we try to de­cide on an or­ga­ni­za­tion to as­sist. We would also like to add more ven­dors and ac­tiv­i­ties for youth. Our Go Top­less Day is a fam­ily-ori­ented event. We hope to see plenty more Jeeps and par­tic­i­pants out next year as our event grows.

We want to thank our gen­er­ous spon­sors in­clud­ing 4WDrive, Jegs, All Things Jeep, Jeep Daddy, Rugged Ridge, Rock Spy­der, Cas­ca­dia, Off Road Ad­dic­tion, Black­fly and ev­ery­one else who was so gen­er­ous with prizes and their ef­forts

Our Face­book page is Cross Coun­try Jeep­ers. Feel free to email us at cc­jeeper2016@gmail.com.

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