2018 will mark the 25th year of New Year’s Day polar bear plunges into the Tay River. This long-standing event happens thanks to a team of hardworking volunteers from the Perth Legion. Each year the Legion volunteers partner with a different charity to hold the plunge. On this special anniversary year, The Table Community Food Centre is excited to be the partner charity and is striving to break Lanark County Interval House’s 2017 record for plungers and funds raised.
Over the years, the Perth Polar Bear Plunge has grown from just a handful of plungers, to 85 plungers that raised over $28,495 pledges for Interval House in 2017. Over its history, the plunge has raised a total of $274,563 for local charities.
At 8 am on January 1st, 2018, plungers will assemble at the Perth Legion, full of anticipation and excitement to plunge into the icy water of the Tay. First, the lucky plungers will eat a healthy and hearty breakfast. Spectators and supporters are also welcome to breakfast for $5.
Plungers nourished by their breakfast and having received a safety briefing will be set for the main event at 10 am. Many participants plunge in teams of friends or co-workers, some with matching outfits, while some go solo and steal the show with fancy jumping moves. Others keep things simple and are just happy to accomplish their goal of getting in and out the water safely.
The plunge is a fun community event and a great way to enjoy New Year’s Day with your friends and neighbours while supporting a great cause. All are welcome to participate. A minimum of $25 in pledges is required to plunge. The Table will provide tools and suggestions to support individual and team fundraising efforts to reach much more ambitious goals. The Table’s overall goal is to raise $30,000 in pledges to support its Community Meals and Good Food Bank programs that help to ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthy food.
If you don’t plan on plunging, you can pledge a plunger, a team or just donate to the overall effort online.
All the information you need for this year’s plunge is available on The Table’s plunge web page: www.thetablecfc.org/plunge. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-267-6428 x 8.
For more information on past Perth Polar Bear Plunge fundraisers visit www.perthpolarbearplunge.ca