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Saturday October 4th, 2014

Posted at 12:38pm

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Picture taken July 2014 at a Windsor Jeep Club/Essex Jeep Club meet and greet held at Average Joe’s on Lauzon Road.

On Sunday, Jeep enthusiasts will join forces to support Brain Injury Programs and Services in the community through Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario.

Local brain injury survivor, Debbie Kay, wanted to make a personal difference for brain injury survivors in our area because she knows first hand how difficult having a brain injury can be. Debbie suffered a brain injury on August 24th, 2012 and has worked very hard to make the improvements that she has. Balance and vision issues were just a couple of the problems she continues to work on.

Debbie came up with the idea to have Windsor’s first Jeep Jamboree Poker Run to support area programs. “When someone has an Acquired brain injury, they are the least likely to be able to advocate for themselves. Before my own injury I knew very little about brain injury. Now that I do know how it impacts the survivor and also their families I wanted to ensure that others get the facts” says Debbie.

Poker Run participants will gather at the Riverside Sportsmen Club, located at 10835 Riverside Drive, before Setting off on a scenic 200 km ride throughout Essex County. Stops will be made in Amherstburg, Harrow, Kingsville, and Lakeshore.

The run will end back at the Riverside Sportsmen Club, where participants will be able to enjoy a BBQ and special live performances by Windsor’s very own The Formula, The Sellouts, Drop Dead Famous, The Derek Boyle Band, and Jeff Lorenzo.

“The Jeep community has been growing in Windsor and Essex County substantially in the last few years. We believe it’s partly because our community wants to support our area’s largest employer, Chrysler Canada. The local Jeep community is very friendly and welcoming”, says Debbie Kay, Windsor Jeep Club President. “Since starting the Windsor Jeep Club our membership has climbed to over 289 members in just the past 6 months. The Jeep Club members have been asking for community events and social outings and we decided with that much support we could plan the area’s 1st Jeep Poker Run, says Kay.

“We have received support from many Jeep Clubs including the Essex Jeep Club, the London Jeep Club and even some Michigan clubs. The response has been amazing, says Kay. The local automotive supplier sector has really stepped up and we are getting calls and emails daily from people wanting to support this event.”

The funds will stay locally in our community and will be directed to Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario, a non-profit that provides adults with physical disabilities assisted living services that ensure they are able to live, work, and play in the community with choice, opportunity and the confidence of full citizenship.

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