DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: It’s shaping up to be a chilly New Year’s Day for some brave local residents with the return of the Elgin Pond Polar Plunge.
Local residents Todd Williamson and Brad Ballinger made a presentation on behalf of the local chapter of the United Way to council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Dec. 2, to outline the plan for the second annual event, which will once again take place on Jan. 1.
According to Mr. Williamson, last year’s inaugural Polar Plunge in Uxbridge raised $8,500 for several local charities, and organizers are hoping for an even greater responce from the community this winter.
The festivities will take place between 10 a.m. and noon, with the Plunge taking place at approximately 11 a.m. Main St. will be closed between Mill St. and Bell St. throughout the two-hour event.
After taking the plunge, participants will be whisked away to Uxpool to change into drier clothes, and then to the Uxbridge Legion for a hot breakfast.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor congratulated the pair for their commitment to this event, and the community.
"That’s $8,500 that people in our municipality wouldn’t have without this great event," Mayor O’Connor said. "But, I guarantee you that I won’t be taking part in this."
However, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger once again plans to participate in the event again this year, and even remarked that he had saved his costume from last year.
Those interested in taking the plunge in support of local charities this New Year’s Day can sign up at either Williamson GM or Williamson Chrysler on Toronto St. South.
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