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Freeze’em for a Reason: 2016 Polar Plunge in Calgary this Sunday

Presented by the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run

Plunge into Alberta’s icy lakes in support of Special Olympics. Every dollar you raise goes towards more than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes across the province.

The Polar Plunge challenges people to bravely jump into Alberta’s frozen lake waters. It’s a great way for everyone—individuals, organizations and businesses—to get involved in support of Special Olympics and show winter who’s boss.

Sign up today and raise a minimum of $50 to get a taste of intense arctic blast to your core. Plungers can raise additional funds and earn extra incentives along the way. You have three opportunities to take the plunge across the province. Each plunge is a different party you can be part of!

Do a solo icy swan dive or grab some friends, make a team, and get ready for the coolest party you can have on a frozen lake.

For more information, visit alberta.polarplunge.ca.

A charitable donation receipt will be issued by Special Olympics Alberta for donations over $10 or more. Please ensure donors complete their contact info or pledge form for a receipt to be issued.

Your pledge money and forms can be submitted on the day of the plunge during registration. Details about submission and registration will be posted on your event page.

Top plungers who raise $5,000 or more will be entered for the all-inclusive Ultimate Plunge in Churchill, Manitoba.

February 28 – Calgary – Arbour Lake – plunges start at 10:30am

What is a Polar Plunge?

As the name implies, a Polar Plunge is a winter fundraising event in which members of the public have the great “honour” of jumping in the icy waters of a nearby lake or body of water. Participants secure donations from friends, family, co-workers, businesses, and the local community that go towards special incentive prizes. This is one of Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run’s signature events.

How does the Polar Plunge Raise Money?

In this Peer to Peer fundraising event, Plungers raise a minimum of $50 to jump to their glory. Incentives are offered to motivate Plungers to go above and beyond that $50 with special “awards” given to those who reach certain levels.

Where does the money go?

As with all Alberta Law Enforcement events, funds are split between the local Special Olympics Alberta affiliate, Special Olympics Alberta, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run with 50% staying at the local level in the municipality the plunge took place in to support sports and programs locally, 40% going to Special Olympics Alberta to support program development at a Provincial level, and 10% returns to the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run to continue their operations and future events.

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