A group of about 50 people raised around $10,000 for Special Olympics Ontario by bravely wading into Lake Ontario waters over the weekend.
It was the first Toronto Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Ontario at Woodbine beach on Saturday, January 21, a new tradition for the Service, which fundraises for athletes each year.
"The Toronto Police have had such a long-standing relationship with the Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run," said Acting Superintendent David Rydzik of the annual run that has wound its way through downtown Toronto since 1987. "It’s all about raising money for those great kids and it gives that opportunity to go out and compete in a competitive sport."
Australian Brenadan Shakes took the plunge as an opportunity to earn some Canadian credibility.
“I thought it was a good idea to make myself truly Canadian,” Shakes said. “Back home it’s 30 degrees (Celsius) and it’s warm and balmy and to come here it’s near zero and the water’s just the same I thought I had to do it.”
Shakes said Special Olympics Ontario is a great cause that needs Toronto's support.