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2018 Fundraising Totals
2017: 46 Plungers, $12,750 Raised
2018: 85 Plungers, $18,350
Over $31,000 raised for Special Olympics since 2017!
Polar Plunge raises $17k for Special Olympics athletes
Dozens of law enforcement officers and city residents took a plunge in the ice-cold waters of Sunnyside Beach for a good cause on Saturday.
Organized by the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Polar Plunge was described as “a fun opportunity” to support Special Olympic Ontario athletes.
Police Chief Mark Saunders was on hand for the event but only to offer moral support. He expressed excitement for the large turnout.
“We’ve got so many more people here versus last year, so this is an exciting opportunity,” Saunders said. “The fact that we use sports to promote inclusion is something that’s so necessary for our Special Olympic athletes.”
In 2017, there were 46 plungers and the event raised $12,750.
Police agencies across Ontario have said they want to raise $400,000 this year.
Police Chief Mark Saunders says sports is being used to promote inclusion. (CBC)
“We’re doing our part, and we’re launching off with this event,” Saunders said.
Co-ordinator for the Special Olympics Torch Run, Const. Ryan Park said there were 74 participants in Saturday’s plunge.
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