Jeff's family, friends & medical professionals were blindsided & stunned by his death. It did not seem possible that someone who was so cared about & loved could feel so lost & alone. A testimony to Jeff's positive effect on his friends was the over 300 tow trucks that took part in his funeral procession & the desire to help the community by bringing awareness to mental health & suicide issues. Two thousand dollars was raised by the drivers at the funeral & the money was donated to Pathstone Mental Health in St. Catharines. Jeff's family joined the group of friends & the Jeff McKillop Memorial Fund & the Memorial Car & Truck Show were formed. The goal is to become a charitable organization.
The first annual Jeff McKillop Memorial Charity Car & Truck Show took place in August 2018, 3 months to the day after his death, & was a great success. A follow-up car show & swap meet was held on June 15, 2019. Also in 2019, we were able to spread our message with Monday Cruise Nights at Hutch's on the Beach in Hamilton. Covid sought to derail the great work for mental health that the JMMF was doing as in-person events were cancelled for 2020. The fund quickly regrouped and offered several online fundraisers throughout 2020/2021 including meat orders, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, $5 Fridays and 2 Walkathons to name a few. The JMMF is happy to announce a new name, The Jeff McKillop Mental Health Foundation, and a new partnership with Arms Open Counselling. We provide financial aid to those who cannot afford the cost of counselling. We also strive to offer more immediate help to those who are struggling, avoiding long wait times.
Thank you for your amazing support throughout the pandemic and since our humble beginnings.
We are very grateful for each person who has contributed to the cause.
The mandate of the Jeff McKillop Mental Health Foundation is to "Break the Silence" & end the stigma of mental health illness & suicide. We will speak up, speak out & be heard. We will not be silenced & we will not rest. We owe this to Jeff. If we can help just one person, then Jeff's death will not be in vain.
His story isn't over!!