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 his friends to present the Jeff McKillop Memorial Charity Car & Truck Show that took place in August 2018, 3 months to the day after his death, & was a great success. The Jeff McKillop Memorial Fund was formed and presented a follow-up car show & swap meet that 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 as a family driven organization and offered several online fundraisers throughout 2020/2021 including meat orders, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, $5 Fridays and 2 Walkathons to name a few. Many in our community came together and offered fundraisers to join us in our endeavours.
In 2021, the McKillop Family decided to incorporate under the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and became, JEFF MCKILLOP MENTAL HEALTH. We provide education and awareness to the public by attending several vendor events and festivals. We hand out professional brochures and sell JMMH branded clothing to support our cause. We strive to provide financial assistance to those who need immediate help and counselling.
Thank you to all who have supported Jeff McKillop Mental Health over the years. We are on a journey to serve our community and beyond,
to "Break the Silence" & to work towards ending 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.
His story isn't over!!