Friday, November 21, 2014

Still time to sign up for ‘Plunge’

With the local Voyageur Lions Club’s annual “Polar Plunge” set for New Year’s Day, organizers are hoping this year’s fundraiser will be more successful than ever.
And with just a few days to go, they want those considering taking an icy dip in the name of a good cause to know it’s not too late to collect pledges.

For those wanting to “take the plunge,” which will start at 1 p.m. at the dock behind La Place Rendez-Vous, pledge sheets are available at Emes Financial (318 Scott St.), Canadian Tire, the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, and the Rendez-Vous.
Jumpers can take the plunge on their own, or as a representative of a local group or organization.
Participating groups receive half of the net proceeds raised by member jumpers while those interested in jumping as individuals raise funds for the Voyageur Lions.
“Plans are coming along,” Lion Joyce Zub noted yesterday afternoon.
Although she wasn’t sure about the number of jumpers who have signed up so far, Zub said several groups are set to take the “plunge,” including some first-timers.
The Muskie Sports Association will be back to try to retain its top fundraiser status, and the FFHS band will be there.
Some of the usual jumpers will be on hand, too, including Maureen Hahkala, who always brings her best to the costume challenge, as well as Lions Bill Michl, Dale Gill, and Wayne Lundstrom.
Zub stressed there’s still time to sign up.
“Just pick up a pledge form and bring that, along with the money, to the Rendez-Vous on Jan. 1,” she explained.
She also encouraged jumpers to wear costumes as prizes are awarded for the best ones.
“We’ve had some very good ones over the years,” she noted.
Every participant receives a T-shirt.
Meanwhile, prizes for the top fundraisers this year include an iPod, an iPod shuffle, an electronic talking globe from Lowery’s, a backpack with school supplies, and gifts from Canadian Tire and Leon’s.
“And people are invited to come out and cheer on the jumpers,” Zub enthused.
The “Polar Plunge” has been sponsored by the Voyageur Lions Club since its inception in 2001.
The group’s charity focus is helping children and youth.
Last January’s event raised $12,000.
For more information on the “Polar Plunge,” contact Zub at 274- 3979 or jzub@vianet.ca
You also can contact Larisa Curr at 274- 6917 or larisacurr@gmail.com

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