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Polar Plunge 2014: the Charity Challenge

by Sue Davidson

The frigid temperatures, blowing winds and snowy days make some people dream of warm destinations but the members of the BEL Rotary Club are busy preparing for the 34th jumping of the Polar Plunge.

The fun begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp, on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Rotary Park Ennismore.

Plungers will be “carrying the torch” dressed as Olympic athletes and raising money for the cause or charity of their choice.

Sixty per cent of the monies raised goes to the jumper’s chosen charity and 40 per cent goes to BEL Rotary to support its local and international service projects including development and maintenance of the Bridgenorth Trail, adopt a family Christmas project, Rotary Wheels for Learning and the eradication of polio world-wide.

To add to the excitement and provide the opportunity to raise even more funds for the many worthwhile causes in the community, the BEL Club is offering a “Charity Challenge”.

The charity that raises the most money in pledges will receive an additional donation of $1,000 from the BEL Rotary Club.

Charities – this is your opportunity to create a team or champion an individual to represent you in the plunge and raise an additional $1,000.

For more information about the Charity Challenge contact Jennifer Guertin at Hospice Peterborough is on board and challenges other charities to join the fun!

Registration and pledge forms are available on the BEL website: There is also the option for jumpers to gather donations on line, on the same website.

For more information, go to and click on the right hand side to obtain a pledge sheet, see the rules and to find out how to generate an on-line account, or contact Tony Davidson, this year’s Plunge Chair at 705-743-4244 or by e-mail:

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