Want to start off 2019 with a splash?
The Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances is going ahead with its “Polar Plunge” tomorrow. The annual fundraiser once again will be held at 1 p.m. on the ice behind La Place Rendez-Vous here.
Registration opens at 11 a.m., with the first jumper to be sent to the hole at 1 p.m. sharp.
Organizer Bill Michl told the Times that the ice on Sand Bay is not the best but organizers have found a spot that will be suitable for their purposes.
“It's bad ice. It's not good clear ice but we found a place where it's decent to cut,” he noted.
"And the trail out [to it] is a solid four inches all the way so we figure we're good.
“We found a spot," Michl reiterated. "It may be a little further away from the dock, maybe people won't get as good a view of people jumping, but it's still doable.”
Michl said a dozen participants have registered so far, but has been contacted by twice that many and expects more prospective jumpers to show up tomorrow.
He stressed it's not too late to take part—just show up around 11 a.m. tomorrow when registration opens and bring your pledges.
For more info or to get pledge sheets, call/text Michl at 276-1334. He can send you a pledge sheet electronically.
As in past years, participants are asked to raise pledges for a registered charity or non-profit group. Jumpers can take the plunge individually or as a duo or member of a larger group.
Half of what they raise goes to their chosen cause while the other half goes to the Voyageur Lions for projects in the district and beyond.
As an incentive to bring in the big bucks, the club gives an extra $300 to the top fundraiser.
Organizers would prefer it if jumpers raised more than $50 each.
For safety's sake, Michl also advised any jumpers to be sober when they show up tomorrow. Some participants have had to be turned away in the past.
As in past years, all jumpers will be treated to a hot lunch afterwards.
Last year's “Polar Plunge” saw a total of 29 jumpers raise nearly $10,000 for seven different non-profit organizations.