On Sunday, January 22, 2017, over 230 brave citizens plunged into Lake Summerside for the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Polar Plunge.
Luckily, the grey skies did not scare plungers away from this beach-themed event! In fact, the Edmonton Polar Plunge raised an astounding $77,219 for Special Olympics Alberta; double the amount raised last year!
The freezing waters of Lake Summerside tested the bravery of many law enforcement employees, including our very own Deputy Chief Brian Simpson and Constable Amanda Trenchard, Polar Plunge event organizer and Special Olympics coach. Thanks to the assistance of many volunteers and partners, the Plunge also offered food, hot drinks, a hot tub, marshmallow roasting, snowshoeing, and skating to all plungers and adoring family and friends.
This year, the Edmonton Polar Plunge even had Olympic figure skater Jamie Sole, and CBC’s Rick Mercer jump in! You can watch the Edmonton event here, thanks to the Rick Mercer Report, which aired on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Three more Polar Plunges are scheduled throughout Alberta with the combined goal of fundraising $250,000 for Special Olympics Alberta. It’s not too late to donate!
Congratulations to all brave plungers and thank you to everyone who has donated.
Learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Photos courtesy of Michal Grajewski, Rick Mercer Report