Jan. 31 YMCA event will help send boys on Trinidad mission

From staff reportsJanuary 27, 2014 

— The Lake Wylie YMCA is hosting its first R.I.P.P.E.D-A-Thon on Friday, Jan. 31, to help send two boys on a missionary trip to Trinidad.

This is the fourth trip to the island by Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, which donates more than $200,000 annually to more than 45 missionary families around the globe.

This will be the first trip for River Joye, son of Beau and Megan Joye of Lake Wylie, and Jeremiah DeGraw, son of Tony and Jodi DeGraw of York. Total cost per child is $1,013. The boys will go to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago for a 10-day mission trip beginning June 18. Along with spreading the word, they will attend Kids Crusade being held in Penal Trinidad and the City Crusade in Port of Spain.

Joye is a third-grader who is homeschooled, and involved in Kids Choir and Royal Rangers at the church.

DeGraw is a second-grader at Hunter Street Elementary and also a part of Royal Rangers.

Friday’s YMCA event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. R.I.P.P.E.D is called “The One Stop Body Shock” standing for “Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance.” It uses total body, high intensity, free weights, resistance and body weight.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at Lake Wylie, Clover, York and Carolina Crossings branches. The event is open to the public, no membership required. Free child care will be provided. There also will be door prizes and raffle drawings.

All proceeds go to cover the cost of the trip. Any additional funds raised will be donated to the church to cover any other costs incurred for the trip. To make a donation, send checks to Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, c/o River Joye and Jeremiah DeGraw, 5766 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

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