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Freezin’ for a reason: Edmonton Police vs. Edmonton Fire Service

EDMONTON – The 10th annual Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Polar Plunge fundraiser is Sunday, Jan. 31.

This year will be different for the health and safety of all participants. In place of the traditional plunge into Lake Summerside, the plunge is going virtual. This means the Plunge is easier and more inventive than ever. The main rule this year is to let your creativity spark this year’s Plunge in a safe manner that respects local Public Health Orders.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS)’s team took this year to a new competitive level and asked Edmonton Fire Rescue Service (EFRS)’s Chief Joe Zatylny to join in a freeze at Edmonton Police Headquarters.

“The Polar Plunge has been a unique and truly Canadian event in Edmonton for ten years, so we can’t let our Special Olympics athletes down. Instead, we must get creative in our fundraising efforts”, said EPS Chief Dale McFee. “After nearly a year of the pandemic, this is when we need to find this kind of joy and support for one another the most.”

EPS and EFRS plungers met up for buckets full of laughs and goosebumps on Jan. 28, 2021.

“It’s all about supporting our community and our partners. This has been a challenging past year and I’m glad to see that fundraising efforts for important causes that give back to the community are continuing,” said Edmonton Fire Chief Joe Zatylny.

There’s still time to join the Plunge! Here’s how:

  1. Register online as a virtual plunger.
  2. Registration is $50 to participate, but it includes your $25 registration fee and a $25 a tax-receipted donation (automatically sent via email to all new registrants). It also gets you a $5 Tim Horton’s gift card and a super cute Polar Plunge mask – that will certainly come in handy!
  3. Start your fundraising! The more you raise, the more incentives you can receive.
  4. Get creative on January 31st Use the Halloween costume you didn’t get to use and plunge into a cold bath, a hot bath, a shower, a snow pile, or dive into your pajamas, a warm blanket, a tub of ice cream, a pot of chili… let your imagination run wild. Whatever you choose to do, you’ve done it for an amazing cause. And bring in the whole family (as long as you are following Public Health Orders) to make it the best plunge yet.
  5. Don’t forget to upload your photos and/or videos of your big at-home plunge to your fundraising page. If you share it on your social media, be sure to tag @SpecialOAlberta.

For more information on the plunge, visit the Special Olympics Alberta Polar Plunge web page.

It’s Freezin’ for a Reason Season, even if you stay in!


Who they freeze for:

Every plunge makes a difference to more than 3,300 Special Olympics Alberta athletes, who represent 140 communities across Alberta. Special Olympics Alberta is dedicated to enriching the lives of Albertans with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power of sport. Programs cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities.

Thanks to the dedication of nearly 1,000 volunteer heroes, there is a Special Olympics Alberta sports program in Alberta every day. Click here to learn more about Special Olympics Alberta.

reporter@albertapressleader.ca