The Polar Bear Plunge raises $65,600 for Special Olympics Québec
23 February 2013
The Polar Bear Plunge raises $65,600 for Special Olympics Québec

The 4 degrees Celsius of the Lac Saint-Louis didn't discourage the 230 people who came to participate to the Polar Bear Plunge, presented this afternoon at the Pointe-Claire Marina. This original fundraising activity, organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, has raised $65,600 to benefit Special Olympics Québec.

Among the brave participants, Special Olympics athleteRaphaël Van Damme succeeded in the challenge! In addition, more than fifty police officers, among them Marc Parent, Chief of SPVM, a team of about 40 employees and friends from the Scotia Bank, did spectacular entrances into the water.

The event took off with a “bang” and a symbolic torch run at 1 p.m., when soldiers from the Stewart Museum set off a canon. From 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the brave contestants plunged into the cold waters, cheered on by hundreds of people and the gang from Virgin radio (96 FM) who was onsite to entertain the crowd.

To take the plunge, each participant needed to collect a minimum amount of $50. All donations of this activity will benefit more than 5,400 Special Olympics Québec athletes.  

This fundraising activity was organised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run in collaboration with the Montréal Police Department, the Sûreté du Québec, the CN Police and the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit.

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