SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: The 11th Annual Polar Plunge is looking for participants to jump into freezing cold Lake Scugog on February 3rd.
Each plunger is expected to raise $200 in pledges, and all the money goes to the Port Perry hospital auxiliary.
“With the hospital in the state it’s in, we really want to raise some money this year. This is an opportunity to get a lot of good improvements, not just replacements, for the hospital,” said Judy Anderson, hospital auxiliary member.
She told the Standard people are typically willing to pledge money, after hearing that participants will be jumping in Lake Scugog’s frigid waters, for a good cause.
“It’s so crazy going into water that is continuing to refreeze as you watch it. People can’t even stand the thought of it, so their just ready to reach in their wallets and hand you 20 bucks,” Judy said.
Before Judy started organizing the Polar Plunge she would participate in the plunge and has raised over $12,000 in a single year. She said raising money can be easy if you go out and ask.
“I use to go through 11 sheets, anywhere I went, I would just say I’m jumping in the lake, does anyone want to sponsor me. That’s why I raised so much money, because I asked everybody.”
The Polar Plunge is a fun event for the community, according to Judy, she told the Standard a lot of people get dressed up in costumes and have a blast.
“One lady was just asking me yesterday, when’s the polar plunge? She says I would just love to come down and watch.”
The Polar Plunge is also looking for volunteers to help with setting up and running the event. Judy encourages any high school students who are looking for hours to come out and help.
She said, “Some volunteer groups are getting older, it’s really hard to ask elderly people who can’t adjust to cold weather to come and help.”
The event is happening on Saturday February 3rd, starting at 2:00 p.m. and the Polar Plunge will take place in Palmer Park. To sign up, call 905-985-6232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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