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  Freezin' For A Reason In Support Of Special Olympics

Feb 02, 2018 14:36 ET

Thirty-six plungers braved the temperatures as they jumped into frigid water in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario Friday.

The first time Durham Region plungers, including several members from DRPS, raised over $12,000 in support of the plunge, exceeding their goal of $10,000. They jumped into a pool set up outside the Abilities Centre in Whitby. The group hopes to build on the amount raised next year and encourages more people to come out to support the great cause.

Polar Plunge is a winter fundraising event where individuals have the "honour" of jumping into the icy waters of a nearby lake or similar body of water. They are able to participate by securing donations from friends, family members, co-workers, local business or their community in general. This is a signature provincial event of the Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative benefiting Special Olympics Ontario. All of the funds will directly benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics.

The LETR engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the "Flame of Hope" into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Each year more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the "Flame of Hope," symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity around the globe.

For more information on the Polar Plunge visit here. For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run visit here.

Thanks for everyone for braving the weather in support of Special Olympics!

Below are attached files.
Taking the plunge with rubber ducks in tow (JPG file, 6,307.0K bytes)
DRP Torch Run Committee Members and Polar Plunge Organizers (JPG file, 6,657.4K bytes)
Before the big jump (JPG file, 1,702.7K bytes)
DRP Team 650 (JPG file, 1,661.4K bytes)
Members of EMS and DRP Business Services Director Giles (JPG file, 1,441.0K bytes)
Enjoying a swim before the festivities get underway (JPG file, 1,843.9K bytes)
DRPS members feel the chill (JPG file, 2,137.8K bytes)
Members of Communications jump in (JPG file, 2,180.6K bytes)
The final plunger and committee member Michele  (JPG file, 1,873.7K bytes)