VIDEO: Polar plungers raise beyond $20,000 for Special Olympics BC

Inaugural Polar Plunge for SOBC draws crowds to Willows Beach this morning

As the world watched, or at least North America according to comments on the Oak Bay News Facebook page in reaction to live video, more than 85 people took a plunge Sunday to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC.

Oak Bay hosted the inaugural Vancouver Island Polar Plunge on March 11, adding to events already organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run team that fundraises for SOBC.

Video by Keri Coles

“The first year has been amazing, we were hoping for about $5,000 and maybe 20 plungers and we’re at 85 to 90 plungers and over $20,0000,” said Const. Sheri Lucas, Oak Bay Police Department, one of the LETR organizing teams.

“Everybody’s super excited,” she said ahead of the swim, decked out in a superhero costume. “People are even hyped for next year thinking of new costumes.”

Video by Spencer Pickles

Wave after wave of plungers that included first responders of all stripes, residents, SOBC athletes and others hit the chilly waters off Willows Beach.

“What I really love about events like this is that I’ve always believed that anybody can do anything if you have the support of your community,” said Susan Simmons, a participant and coach who joined about 20 of her SOBC swimmers in the plunge. “That’s exactly what happened today, a bunch of people jumped in really cold water and there was all kinds of love around them helping them get through it.”

Video by Christine van Reeuwyk



cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Victoria immigrant centre’s refugee housing lands in Oak Bay

Partnership project officially announced for World Refugee Day

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

Plans rejigged for new Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre

Visitors to open house see plans for fitness facility, main pool with movable floor

Two people taken into custody after TD bank robbery

VicPD say an individual left the building with an undisclosed amount of cash

UPDATE: Search continuing for missing kayaker in East Sooke

A witness saw the man paddling out from the marina in a kayak

In reversal, Trump signs executive order to stop family separation

President had been wrongly insisting he had no choice but to separate families apprehended at border

Police look for driver of blue Jeep who may have helped at fatal crash

A 19-year-old girl was killed in a crash near Delta on June 2

POLL: Do you have a family doctor?

“I don’t have a family doctor,” is an all too familiar phrase… Continue reading

Conservationists, industry react to fish farm provisions

New provincial regulations to take effect by 2022

B.C. ‘will be ready’ for marijuana legalization

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says some stores open by Oct. 17

UPDATED: Polygamous wife appeals conviction in B.C. child bride case

Emily Blackmore was found guilty of taking her underage daughter to U.S. to marry church leader

Marine trail planned for Discovery Islands

Agreements with First Nations vital for passage through traditional territories

B.C. sets deadline for Indigenous salmon farm consent

All 120 operations will need agreements by 2022, province says

Family of 4 from Oregon believed to be missing in northern B.C.

RCMP, Search and Rescue crews searching area where vehicle was abandoned

Most Read