West Grey’s fourth annual Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics drew a large and energetic crowd on March 13.
The polar plunge was held at St. Peter and St. Paul’s School in Durham, and roughly $6,927.75 was raised at this year’s event.
“It went really well,” West Grey police Const. Mitch Roulston said. “We had a lot of support. We had probably the biggest turnout to date. The support is tremendous, especially with the community involvement. We have local businesses that are supporting by either donating to the event or throwing in teams to plunge.”
Students from the host school were involved with fundraising and with games held earlier in the day.
“This has been annual, we’ll continue it every year, and hopefully keep expanding,” Roulston said.
This year’s event drew about 20 plungers, which is the most from West Grey’s polar plunge in four years.
“That’s progress,” Roulston said.
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Roulston said that over the past few years, the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics has raised more than $25,000 in West Grey.
Along with the plunges, the event at the school included a hot dog lunch for the students, as well as games, some involving Special Olympians.
The recent death of a fellow West Grey officer, Const. Cory Trainor, inspired a number of people to take the plunge into the portable water tank provided by the fire department, and brought the community together, Roulston said.
“There’s overall more support this year,” Roulston said. “It’s through the Special Olympics, and every service usually has a couple of officers or members that take on a role with assisting with Special Olympics and the support from them has been great. We had officers from Peel, from Peterborough, Sudbury, and we’ve had lots of officers from all over Ontario showing lots of support, with everyone coming together.”