I have to give these crazy Canadians credit for taking this icy plunge to help raise funds for charity. This is an annual event that takes place very year on the shores of Oakville Ontario and draws many to participate or watch from the frigid shorelines of Lake Ontario. Below is some information from the Courage Polar Bear Dip website.
Every year hundreds of people jump into the cold icy waters of Lake Ontario at Coronation Park in Oakville, Ontario on New Years' day. Some do it to try something a little over the edge, some do it to bring in the New Year, but they all do it to help World Vision Canada.
Net proceeds for the event have been going to different World Vision water projects around the world since 1995 and over $1,471,000 has been raised in total.
2016 | $140,000 RAISED FOR GASHORA & RUGARAMA, RWANDA
On January 1 2016 we surpassed our goal and raised over $140,000! The funds raised will support the Rugarama Water and Sanitation Project in Rwanda that will improve the health and conditions of 8,149 people through the increased access to clean water in the Bugasara district. Check out the video of the day courtesy of our friend Kevin September.
2015 | $130,000 RAISED FOR GASHORA & RUGARAMA, RWANDA
It was another bitterly cold New Years Day for Polar Bear Dippers but that didnt stop 734 brave participants from taking part in the 30th annual event! Thanks to those enthusiastic dippers, the tireless volunteers and our many corporate and individual supporters, we were able to raise over $130,000 for the Rwanda: Right to Clean Water project.
Check out this great video recap from Kevin September
2014 | $141,000 RAISED FOR GASHORA & RUGARAMA, RWANDA
At a bone chilling -18°C with the wind chill, this was the coldest dip in years but that didn't stop 723 dippers from taking the plunge with us! The costume contest was rockin' with special guest judge Thea Munster from the Toronto Zombie Walk and winner Thomas Lindhares as KISS frontman Gene Simmonds. The (much needed) warming tents were provided by Oakville Hydro and entertainment came in the form of live music (for the 10th year) from Whaling along with a few screens showing the Winter Classic hockey game!
Big thanks go out to our dedicated team of volunteers who worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the event to clear the thick ice that had formed on the beach and into the water. Thanks to those volunteers, our dippers and supporters we raised over $140,000 for the Rwanda: Right to Clean Water project in Gashora and Rugarama, Rwanda which will provide clean water to over 4,000 people. Watch this great video recap from our friend Kevin September
2013 | $120,000 RAISED FOR KAHI, RWANDA
It was sunny and dry for the first Polar Bear Dip in years and only -4°C! With the help of our supporters, volunteers and 718 dippers we were able to raise over $120,000 to help provide a water supply and improved sanitation and hygiene to over 3,000 people in Kahi, Rwanda. This pushed us past our goal of One Million Dollars in total funds raised for World Vision since 1995! Check out this video recap from Kevin September
2012 | $130,000 RAISED FOR MANONGA, TANZANIA
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