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THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE RAISES $70,211 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUÉBEC
17 February 2014
THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE  RAISES $70,211 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUÉBEC

The 0 degree Celsius of the Lac Saint-Louis didn't discourage more than 260 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 $70,211 to benefit Special Olympics Québec.

Among the brave participants, Special Olympics athlete Olivier Duhamel succeeded in the challenge! In addition, more than one hundred police officers, among them Commander Martial Mallette, Québec’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Provincial Director, Louis Pelletier, Inspector and Representant of the General Director at the Sûreté du Québec, Stephen Covey, Chief of CN Police, Pierre Brochet, Chief of Laval Police, Gaétan Courchesne, GRC Principal Superintendent, Marc Parent, Chief of SPVM, and Major Renée Point, of the Military Police, a team of about 40 employees and friends from the Scotia Bank, did spectacular entrances into the water.

The event took off with a symbolic torch run at 1 p.m. From 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the brave contestants plunged into the cold waters, cheered on by hundreds of people and the gang from 94,7 Hits 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 5,550 Special Olympics Québec athletes.

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

 


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