Friday, 19 October, 2018

Local students take a plunge in frigid waters for a good cause!

Polar Plunge Edmonton at Lake Summerside Polar Plunge Edmonton at Lake Summerside
Melissa Porter | 04 February, 2018, 15:10

The annual Polar Plunge event takes place on Saturday, February 10th at Walla Walla Point Park.

Jeff Cook in one of a handful of participates who has plunged in every one of the 15 Lake St. Louis Polar Plunges. "This daring action shows the strong support for our athletes with intellectual disabilities and makes a unified statement that we believe in inclusive communities and all abilities and we are grateful for Red Deer taking this event on for the first time", says Johnny Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta CEO and president. "It's a great cause to be involved with and we enjoy participating in this plunge".

Forty teams participated in the fundraising race this year, the top fundraiser was team Local 598, United Automobile Workers which raised over $25,000.

Amanda Knock will be representing Missouri as a Special Olympic Athlete in Seattle.

No word yet on how much the entire event raised. Member and second teacher at Brendel Elementary School in Grand Blanc, Tricia Sawdon, said her team raised over $12,700 for this years Polar Plunge.

Newcomb's aunt, Colleen Stearns, worked on the team's mermaid costumes, which came with seashell tiaras, for over a week.

"I'm not gonna lie, it's cold", Captain Becker laughed.

Everyone and anyone that has been a part of the Special Olympics say it's worth jumping into cold water just to be able to give someone a opportunity at a normal life.