Two local ATV clubs help feed those in need

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Two local ATV clubs have joined forces to help feed those in need.

A new club, called the Tri Shores ATV Club (Lambton Shores), has joined forces with the Chatham-Kent ATV Club to raise money for local food banks.

Kristy Graves, secretary for the new club, said she was pleased to support her club’s efforts.

“It is truly an emotional experience,” said Graves. “I have donated physically and through the GoFundMe in the past to the Chatham Kent ATV Club. We are proud to be working with them this year.”

Graves, who is one of the owners of GraveDiggerz’ Variety & Restaurant in Highgate, was also involved in a national food drive with CK Jeep owners in 2019.

In December, the Tri Shore ATV Club became a recognized group and fully insured through the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicles.

Through the years, the Chatham-Kent ATV Club has raised more than $50,000 for the food drive, as well as non-perishable goods.

This year, the club hopes to raise $10,000. Graves said this would allow for $1,000 to be allotted to 10 food banks. If more is raised, the extra money will help support other soup kitchens and food banks.

Food banks in Wheatley, Blenheim, Ridgetown, Chatham, Tilbury, Dresden and Wallaceburg are on the list to support.

“Any donation is a great donation, even just $5,” said Graves. “If you are unable to donate for whatever reasons, please go to our GoFundMe page and share through your social media pages. The further it is spread, the better the chance of us reaching and surpassing our goals.”

Anyone with a license and insured ATV can join the club. Those interested are encouraged to visit the club’s Facebook page, Tri Shores ATV Club (Lambton Kent). Additionally, purchasing trail permits through the club with OFATV can be done by visiting https://permits2.ofatv.org/public/. A pass is required to be covered by the insurances from OFATV and to ride any OFATV trail legally.

As of Feb. 11, there have been 16 donations via the GoFundMe page, totalling $2,865 raised.

Due to covid measures this year, there are no physical drop off locations for non-perishable donations.

Those interested in supporting the cause can donate by visiting https://gofund.me/a8f7999c or through e-transfer to chathamkentatv@gmail.com.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News