Both Saara (Rotary Exchange Student) and I had a great time at the Polar Plunge.  It was a cold day but our spirits kept us warm.  Saara, I believe raised over $ 800.00 and I raised $ 380.00 for the Hospital Foundation. 


This year there were over 60 plungers raising a total of $19,000.00 for the Community Hospital Foundation.


Saara wore a nurses costume and I was the doctor taking on the frigid waters of Lake Scugog.  It doesn't matter what anyone says ... Nothing can prepare you for the initial jolt of hitting water just slightly above freezing.   It makes you think about what the people on the Titanic felt hitting the frigid waters of the north Atlantic with no reprieve!


The day was very well organized by the Ladies Auxilliary with heated tents to change in and out of our costumes and 2 hot tubs to try and get the circulation going again. 


All in all, it was a great day supporting a very worthwhile cause!!






Anne Wright explains the day in more detail: 

Saturday, February 8th was a clear, sunny day but still very cold.  Volunteers had worked very hard to cut a hole in the ice which was over 50 cm thick in places.

We had 57 plungers and many, many spectators.  The hot tubs and tents were new this year and very much appreciated by the plungers!

The Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary raised over $19,000, all of which will go to renovation of the patient rooms at the Port Perry Hospital. 

The Auxiliary really appreciated Rotary’s support of this event, particularly Saara Laine and Steve Gajewski who plunged and all the Rotarians who sponsored them.