When 80 people dress up is some of the most imaginable outfits possible and queue up to jump in a large container filled with ice water on a day where the thermometer is reading -20, you can’t help but ask yourself WHY?
WHY would someone choose to expose themselves to such great discomfort? The elements are one thing, the aftershock of hitting that water and then climbing out onto a ladder and exiting the pool as you run 500 feet to change into something warm, is another.
We call this FREEZIN FOR A REASON.
And that reason is the over 1700 Special Olympics athletes in Nova Scotia that are enrolled in Special Olympics programs. You see for the athletes, and their families, Special Olympics is not just sport. It is the one constant they know will always be present in an uncertain world. A constant where you can relate to peers and your child is accepted unconditionally. Where you can relax and feel at ease in all conditions.
This year the Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run (NSLETR) wanted to do something to help further the efforts of Special Olympics in Nova Scotia. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the NSLETR Zone 1 members and local support, on March 4th 2017 we executed the 1st Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Nova Scotia. With just over 80 plungers, we raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics Nova Scotia, Special Olympics Dartmouth, and Special Olympics Halifax.
Special thanks to each and every plunger who helped us make this day a success. If you have a chance to see an athlete compete, excel, achieve, or just smile…know you are the reason WHY.
LETR members – Kim Robinson, Robin McNeil, Nastasha Dantiste, Stacey Opalka, Kevin Tulk, Dan Barrigan and volunteers Michelle Kempton and Anne Marie Shannon for their hard work organizing the event.
Special thanks to Mayor Savage, Chief JM Blais, and Superintendent Lee Bergerman as well as the great team of volunteers from On-Pointe Volunteers.
Proudly Sponsored by Aim Recycling, Tim Hortons, Halifax Water and HRP.
We hope to see you all next year.