Freezing for a reason in York Region

It may have been cold but, on Feb. 21, 108 brave souls took a chilly dip at York Regional Police Association and York Regional Police annual Polar Plunge. The event raised $30,000 in support of Special Olympics Ontario and their 25,000-plus athletes.

The conditions were icy and cold and the water temperature was reading at about zero degrees Celsius, but the participants didn’t seem to be bothered at all. York Regional Police Association uniformed and civilian members were all smiles as they donned their Hawaiian beach gear and took to the water with Special Olympic athletes.

“Our annual Polar Plunge event for Special Olympics Ontario is a real testament of our uniformed and civilian members of the York Regional Police Association and what they are all about,” said Todd Sepkowski, York Regional Police Association president. “Each day, I’m amazed by their efforts to support the communities we serve. The plunge into the water may be a bit chilly but being part of Polar Plunge means helping to make year-round sports and competition for children and adults with intellectual abilities possible.”

Polar Plunge participants had the honour of jumping into the icy waters by securing donations from friends, family members, co-workers and local businesses. Since 2015, the Ontario Polar Plunge event has raised more than $1.5 million for Special Olympics. Polar Plunge is a signature provincial event of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

“The Polar Plunge brings police and members of the community together to support our heroic Special Olympic athletes,” said York Regional Police Deputy Chief Tom Carrique. “Together, we brave the icy cold water, and this creates a special bond between the police, our community and Special Olympic Athletes and their families.”

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