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2017: 55 Plungers, $15,000 Raised
2018: 66 Plungers, $15,500 Raised
$30,500 raised for Special Olympics since 2017!
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics a HIT!
Special Olympians were joined by Emergency Services, brave citizens and a large crowd of spectators at the Barrie waterfront for the annual Barrie Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario.
Over 60 plungers registered for Saturday’s event to surpass the fundraising goal of $10,000.
Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood did her second leap for the cause into the icy waters off Centennial Beach with partner Olympian Jason Helmond.
“It’s always a build up. I can’t say I did any special training but it is lots of fun to be here with our Olympians,” said Chief Greenwood.
Barrie Firefighters in special suits were in the water to ensure jumpers were safe and could quickly exit.
County of Simcoe Paramedics were on standby and cheering duties along with Barrie Police, Auxiliary Officers and Barrie Firefighters.
Mother Nature shook her snow globe for the event with a relentless squall to add extra authenticity to the plunge slogan ‘Freezin’ for a Reason.’
Interim Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize took the plunge for the first time after receiving a challenge from Chief Greenwood.
“Kim called me out and I had to go,” laughed Mainprize. “No matter how much you think you’re ready for it, you’re not. That water is cold. It is a big shock. But it’s for a good cause. It’s for a good reason. For the few moments of discomfort it’s worthwhile.”
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