The Polar Bear Plunge raises $51,091 for Special Olympics Québec
17 March 2012
The Polar Bear Plunge raises $51,091 for Special Olympics Québec

The 4 degrees Celsius of the Lac Saint-Louis didn't discourage the 170 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 $51,091 to benefit Special Olympics Québec.

Among the brave participants, Special Olympics athlete Amélie Plouffe, from the Laval region, succeeded in the challenge! In addition, more than thirty police officers, 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” 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 the nearly 5,000 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, the Military Police and the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit.

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