Gateway Gazette

It’s Time to Take the Plunge!

 

Polar Plunge
The Polar Plunge, presented by the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run, is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Alberta athletes by jumping into our frigid winter lakes.

The last plunge is this Saturday, March 14 in Calgary’s Arbour Lake. The fun starts at 12 noon. You still have time to support the “Plunge” by clicking here.

The Plungers must raise a minimum of $50 to jump to frozen glory. Plungers can raise additional funds, earning them extra incentives along the way! Each plunge is different and has an exciting atmosphere that you can become involved in.

Events like the Polar Plunge help supports thousands of Special Olympics Alberta athletes. Special Olympics athletes around the world follow the oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Plungers can follow this example by bravely taking a chilly dip! Visit www.albertatorchrun.ca for more information.

The Edmonton leg of the Polar Plunge in early January achieved a new personal best, raising $21,413.52 for Special Olympics Alberta and local Edmonton programs! The brave plungers in Edmonton faced temperatures as low as -30 with the wind chill and I heard some say that the worst part was actually getting out of the water which was a balmy 4 degrees.

A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors for this event, the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire and Rescue, Northwest Scuba, and the community of Lake Summerside. Huge kudos as well to the top fundraising Team, The Alberta Sheriffs Office, who raised $4,080, and to the top Individual fundraiser, Theresa Murray, who raised $1,100 on her own.

On February 21st Lethbridge‘s Nicholas Sheran Lake was the scene of the fourth-annual Polar Plunge, “Freezin’ for a Reason,” fundraiser for Special Olympics. Hosted by Lethbridge Regional Police Services and the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run it raised close to $5,000 through pledges, online donations and the sale of “Too Chicken To Plunge” T-shirts.

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