The windchill made it feel close to minus 40, but that didn’t stop a brave few souls from diving into ice cold water at Regina’s City Square Plaza Wednesday.
The inaugural Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Saskatchewan was a great success despite the extreme cold weather.
The first to jump was Police Chief Evan Bray, who did not hide what he thought of the water.
“I’m not going to lie to you it was pretty darn cold,” said Bray from a nearby hot-tub after the dive. “I’m happy to be on this side of it and obviously glad to have raised the money,” Bray also said.
Before the day even began over $10,000 was already raised, with more donations expected to come in throughout the day.
Faye Matt CEO of Special Olympics Saskatchewan said they were very appreciative to have influential community members step up to the plate for the first ever Polar Plunge.
“It’s a pretty special day for us, we had a lot of folks lined up to participate, especially some of our friends in law enforcement,” Matt said.
Regina Fire Chief Ernie Polsom, RCMP Depot Assistant Commissioner Brenda Lucki, RCMP F Division Chief Superintendent Maureen Levy and members of the media including Ballsy from 104.9 The Wolf, also braved the cold weather to take the plunge.
Awards were handed out to the participant with the best costume as well as to the group or person with the highest amount of money raised.
Chief Bray — with the help of Regina police, raised more than two-thousand dollars.
Fundraisers shattered the 10-thousand dollar goal, raising more than 22-thousand dollars.