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Brrrave souls take Polar Plunge in fundraiser for Ontario Special Olympics
They bill it as Freezin’ For A Reason and there certainly was truth in the advertising.
This was breath-zapping, heart-stopping fundraising as more than 125 courageous souls made like human ice cubes Saturday to raise money for the Ontario Special Olympics.
Each paid $75, or fundraised at least $150, for the privilege of leaping into an outdoor dunk tank during the annual Polar Plunge at the Peel Regional Police Association facility in Brampton.
And here’s the cold, hard truth: the water was 3 C when the tank was filled mid-afternoon. Then it chilled to numbing perfection in a bracing -4 C.
Talk about putting the brrr in brave.
“Five minutes of sacrifice to make a difference in people’s lives is well worth it,” said Greg O’Connor, a constable with Peel Regional Police who was about to suit up as Plungee the Polar Bear for a star turn in the tank.
This is the fourth year for the Peel event and it has already raised $114,000. This year, combined with a Polar Plunge at Sheridan College on March 8, the goal is to raise $50,000 for the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary. The money is distributed to athletes who can’t afford the registration fees, it assists with uniforms and it goes toward supporting events.
O’Connor is confident they’ll exceed the target.
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2015: 72 Plungers, $28,000 Raised
2016: 90 Plungers, $40,000 Raised
2017: 100 Plungers, $46,500 Raised
2018: 130 Plungers, $32,325 Raised
$146,750 raised for Special Olympics since 2015!