Polar bear dippers splash their way into 2019
New Year’s Day event is annual fundraiser for Yarmouth Fire Department
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.
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.