Police to take big plunge

Anthony Abbondanza
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Annual fundraising event to raise money and awareness for Quebec Special Olympics

The annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ is set for this Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., at the Pointe Claire Marina.

In its fifth year of existence in Pointe Claire, the ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ is ready to make its biggest splash yet.

Officers from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) and their colleagues from the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a globally-run, police fundraising event, are set to ditch the blue uniforms in favour of bathing suits, and jump feet-first into Lake St. Louis to benefit the Special Olympics Quebec.

“It’s quite amazing to see people jumping in extremely cold water just for a special cause,” said Marie-Josee Carroll, Special Olympics Quebec communications director and liaison to the LETR.

Organized by the LETR, the Montréal Police Department, the Sûreté du Québec, the CN Police, the Laval Police Department and the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit, the annual event is set to take place this Feb. 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Pointe Claire Marina with the hope that it’ll surpass last year’s fundraising total of $65,600.

To date, the event has amassed over $222,000 since its inception.

Considering the growth of the event, where 30 participants braved the St. Lawrence River near Jean Drapeau Park five years ago to the roughly 150-175 plungers expected this year, Carroll is expecting a record fundraiser.

“I wouldn’t say I’m overwhelmed with the growth because the Special Olympics is something that’s very close to the hearts of police officers. But we are excited about where this event is heading,” she said.

“We’re hoping to do as well or even better than last year. We want more participants. It’s a really great event,” she said.

Registration begins at noon at the Pointe Claire Marina, located at 1 Cartier St.

The Special Olympics Québec plays a vital role in providing a provincial platform for more than 5500 athletes with intellectual disabilities with training and competitions designed to increase their well-being, self-sufficiency, self-esteem and social integration. www.specialolympicsquebec.ca.

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Organizations: Special Olympics Quebec, Montréal Police Department, Sûreté du Québec CN Police Laval Police Department Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Lake St. Louis, St. Lawrence River Jean Drapeau Park

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