Car­bon­ear hospi­tal po­lar dip a big hit for food banks

The Compass - - Sports - Ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A po­lar dip to help lo­cal food banks proved to more than worth­while.

Close to a dozen Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal emer­gency room work­ers sur­vived a cold and windy Satur­day af­ter­noon swim at Sal­mon Cove Sands in Fe­bru­ary of this year. The event raised money for two Con­cep­tion Bay North food banks — The Sal­va­tion Army Food Bank in Car­bon­ear and the Help­ing Hand Food Bank in Bay Roberts.

When all was said and done, over $7,000 was raised, ex­ceed­ing a $5,000 goal or­ga­niz­ers set for the first-year event.

Last Mon­day, Maj. Wy­cliffe Reid of the Car­bon­ear branch of the Sal­va­tion Army ac­cepted a cheque for $3,590.75, with an­other cheque of equal value ready for the Help­ing Hand. Dr. Christo­pher Patey pre­sented the cheque at the hospi­tal and was joined by Ni­cole Pitcher, the Reg­is­tered Nurse who came up with the orig­i­nal idea for the po­lar dip.

Or­ga­niz­ers in­tend to do it all over again in 2018. From the left, Car­bon­ear emer­gency room Dr. Christo­pher Patey, Maj. Wy­cliffe Reid from the Car­bon­ear branch of the Sal­va­tion Army, and Reg­is­tered Nurse Ni­cole Pitcher. BE­LOW: It wasn’t an easy swim Feb. 4 at Sal­mon Cove Sands.

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