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Why cops will be getting wet and cold at Port Moody's Rocky Point Park on March 2

This year's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC is hoping to raise $12,000 β€” and you can join them in the bone-chilling dip.
Sam Day, from Innovative Fitness in PoMo, was the last man in the Port Moody Inlet at last year's Polar Plunge for BC Special Olympics.

The fundraising efforts of dozens of officers and staff from local law enforcement agencies like Port Moody police and Coquitlam RCMP will be celebrated with a chilly dip March 2 at Rocky Point Park.

And, the community is invited to join them.

The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC actually started Saturday, Feb. 17, at Blackie spit on Crescent Beach in Surrey with the first of 14 frosty fundraising swims being held across the province through March 3.

The efforts raise money to support young athletes with developmental challenges.

“Participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC is an easy and fun way for all of us to connect and show we care about people with intellectual disabilities and creating inclusion,” said a statement on the event’s website.

While law enforcement and other first responders like paramedics are at the forefront of the plunge, anyone can join them in the scramble down the boat ramp at Rocky Point Park into the chilled waters of Burrard Inlet.

Last year’s event included students from schools across the Tri-Cities, members of local fitness facilities and representatives from Rotary clubs.

Participants can even register to take the plunge at home by spraying themselves with a hose, running through a sprinkler, stepping into a cold shower or jumping into a kiddie pool and recording their daring-do on video.

Teams and individuals that record their plunges and post their fundraising successes on social media with the tag #Plunge4SOBC are eligible to win prizes like gift cards to Sobeys and Tim Hortons.

The Port Moody plunge event on March 2 begins at 11 a.m. with participants hitting the water at noon.

They’ll be able to sync their chattering teeth with live music and warm up afterward with hot chocolate around a bonfire tended by Port Moody Fire Rescue.

To register as a plunger, or donate to someone already committed to diving in, go to the Polar Plunge website.

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