BAJA Fundraising for Communities in Need after Disaster
Minden Hills is in the Township of Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada. The Gull River in Minden Hills flood in April 2013, lead to a state of emergency declaration on April 20. By May 3, 2013, officials were predicting that it would take more than two weeks for water levels to return to normal. Many residents of the area were evacuated from their homes on very short notice and remain out of their homes as of May 3, 2013 with the expectation that they will not be able to return to check the damage to their home until mid-May. Total damage estimates are not yet available, but fundraising had begun through a fund established by the Township of Minden Hills to assist in recovery efforts.
BAJA Club – Brampton Area Jeep Association is an Off Road 4X4 Club with 50 Members. Year after year the BAJA Club Members frequents the Township of Minden for the 4×4 trails and events. The BAJA Club is a member of the well-known and respected Ontario Federation of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (OF4WD), who are focused on protecting and furthering the interests of 4WD vehicle enthusiasts and enabling host communities to trails with valuable travel and tourism dollars
On Saturday June 15, 2013 the BAJA group dedicated their annual Show n’ Shine as a Charity Event to raise funds to assist in the recovery efforts. The BAJA Club raised $1000 for the Township of Minden. Shortly after, the BAJA Club Members and President Ralph Tota Junior joined the members of the Flood Relief committee in Minden for the Cheque presentation.
“We feel the Township of Minden welcomes our BAJA Club consistently year after year and have nothing but positive interactions from the locals while creating great memories in Minden” says Mr. Tota.
BAJA Members are feeling great in giving back to a community that always serves and delivers on every need and enjoyment. Looking forward to visiting Minden in the near future and years to come.