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Surrey Mounties, firefighters to take Polar Plunge

Annual fundraiser supports Special Olympics BC

Surrey Mounties will plunge into the chilly waters off Crescent Beach this month, in an annual effort to raise funds in support of Special Olympics BC athletes.

The 2024 Polar Plunge is set for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 in Blackie Spit.

Funds raised support “life-changing year-round programming offered by Special Olympics BC in more than 50 communities around the province,” a news release states.

Team Surrey RCMP will make this year’s plunge alongside Special Olympics BC athletes; Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society and Surrey Sheriffs teams; and representatives from the BC Lions football team.

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A warming tent will be set up, courtesy of RCMSAR5 and UA Local 170.

Supt. Harm Dosange said the Mounties are proud to support Special Olympics BC “as they work to enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.”

“Their programming provides vital social connection and healthy physical activity for thousands of athletes in our province,” Dosange said in the release.

Surrey athlete Mark Hamblett said his favourite thing about being part of Special Olympics is “the opportunity to compete and train and meet new friends at different conferences, events, and games.”

“Special Olympics is a great opportunity to get involved socially, to keep yourself fit, and have the opportunity to realize what your potential is,” he added.

The Polar Plunge is staged in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC.

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Tracy Holmes

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Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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