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Jumpers again sought for 'Polar Plunge'

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Go jump in the lake!

The Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances is looking for folks to brave the icy waters of Sand Bay on New Year's Day for its annual “Polar Plunge.”

The fundraiser once again will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 on the ice behind La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Club member Bill Michl said registration is off to a decent start.

He has nine “plungers” lined up so far, though Michl admitted it's never too late to enter and that it's often not until just before the event that the club knows exactly how many people will take the icy dip.

For more info or to get pledge sheets, call/text Michl at 276-1334. He can send you a pledge sheet electronically.

For those new to the “Polar Plunge,” Michl explained how the fundraiser works:

  • once individuals sign up, they collect pledges;
  • registrants have to get pledges for a registered charity or non-profit group; and
  • participants then show up on the day of the “Plunge” and jump in the lake.

Half of what they raise goes to their chosen cause while the other half goes to the Voyageur Lions.

Michl noted the club gives an extra $300 to the top fundraiser.

“It's kind of an incentive for them to go out and raise more than the minimum $50,” he explained, noting organizers would prefer it if jumpers raised more than $50 each.

Michl also said participants are urged to challenge a friend or group and get even more people “plunging” on Jan. 1.

“We usually get a lot of participation from the high school sports teams," he noted. ”We get minor hockey, figure skating, some of the church groups.

“'Friends of Animals' is a big one for us; they participate just about every year,” Michl added.

“We also sometimes get people from out of town—as long as they're jumping for charity.”

Registration opens at 11 a.m. on the day of the event, with the first jumper to be sent to the hole at 1 p.m.

As in past years, jumpers will get a hot lunch afterwards.

Despite the frigid temperatures, last year's “Polar Plunge” saw a total of 29 jumpers raise nearly $10,000 for seven different non-profit organizations.

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