Po­lar bear dip­pers splash their way into 2019

New Year’s Day event is an­nual fundraiser for Yar­mouth Fire Depart­ment

Tri-County Vanguard - - News - CARLA ALLEN THEVANGUARD.CA

With tem­per­a­tures hov­er­ing around a balmy 7 degrees Cel­sius, Po­lar bear dip­pers on Jan. 1 had favourable weather com­pared to past years.

Air tem­per­a­ture, how­ever, didn’t tempt many par­tic­i­pants to linger in Lake Milo. They charged in. They charged out.

The an­nual event is a fundraiser for the Yar­mouth Fire Depart­ment. Since 2007, par­tic­i­pants have raised more than $15,000 for the depart­ment.

Or­ga­niz­ers es­ti­mate 25 to 30 peo­ple took part in the event. This year saw the youngest par­tic­i­pants to ever take part: a sixyear-old and 10-year-old.

Af­ter the dip, par­tic­i­pants were in­vited to Bos­ton Pizza for com­pli­men­tary hot soup and pizza.

The un­of­fi­cial to­tal raised on be­half of the Yar­mouth Fire Depart­ment is close to $2,000. A spokesper­son for the depart­ment says the money is ap­pre­ci­ated and has been used for buy­ing gloves, uni­form flash­badges and other in­ci­den­tals.

CARLA ALLEN

This year’s Po­lar Bear Dip ac­tion on New Year’s Day was all over in the span of two min­utes. Most par­tic­i­pants plunged into the icy wa­ters of Lake Milo and charged out as fast as they could.

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