Polar Plunge raising funds for Special Olympics Alberta

By Special Olympics Alberta
November 14, 2017 - 7:12am

EDMONTON- Have you ever dove into freezing cold lake waters in the middle of winter?

Polar Plunge dares people to come party and plunge on frozen lakes in Alberta all to support the Special Olympics movement.

This year, Polar Plunge Alberta is expecting over 1,000 people across the province to take the plunge to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Alberta, including at the Kin Community Centre in Red Deer’s Bower neighbourhood on Feb. 3, 2018.

The event is presented in partnership with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Alberta and challenges people to bravely jump in five different cities. The events across Alberta always draws in a big-hearted dare devils from universities, corporate members, government officials and even professional athletes who are brave enough to take on the cold to make sure that thousands of people with intellectual disabilities are empowered through sport.

“Our goal is get 1,000 people across Alberta to plunge for Special Olympics!” said Johnny Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta CEO and president.

“We have the new event addition of Red Deer hosting a Polar Plunge event this season! Last year, we had Rick Mercer come plunge in Edmonton with Olympic medalist Jamie Sale while many sport celebrities and government officials plunged in Lethbridge, Calgary and Medicine Hat. The event keeps growing and getting better and we’re happy to announce that Mr. Lube has come on board as an incentive sponsor across the province.”

Last year, the Polar Plunge raised over $167,000 and saw more than 650 people from four cities take the plunge. All event locations are open for registration at www.alberta.polarplunge.ca. Each plunger will only need to raise $75 for a chance to plunge.

For more details and photos on Polar Plunge Alberta, go to www.alberta.polarplunge.ca, You can find past year’s photos and videos from each of the events on Facebook /plungealberta or Twitter #PolarPlungeAB, #PolarPlungeYEG, #PolarPlungeYYC, #PolarPlungeYQL, #PolarPlungeMedHat, #PolarPlungeYQF. 

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