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A warm bath, it’s not: Polar Plunge raises funds for Special Olympics BC

Surrey, B.C.— Average water temperature of a warm bath: 32 to 36° C. Average water temperature off Kits Beach in March: less. A lot less.

The 2019 Polar Plunge takes place next weekend, with an estimated 250 hardy souls plunging themselves into water with an average March temperature of 7.1° C. Westminster Savings Credit Union returns as presenting sponsor.

“Yes, it’s very cold for a few moments, but those Polar Plungers are warming the hearts of Special Olympics athletes all year long,” says Westminster Savings community giving manager Nicole Eich. “It’s great to see so many people having fun while raising funds for Special Olympics BC’s year-round sport programs and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities around the province. These programs help local athletes gain confidence, skills and friendship through sport.”

The Polar Plunge takes place Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at the west end of Kits Beach.

This year’s event is staged in partnership with BC Law Enforcement agencies. Members of these various agencies will take the plunge alongside teams, businesses, local celebrities and individuals in support of a very good cause.

2019 is the third year of Westminster Savings’ support for the Polar Plunge. The sponsorship is part of the credit union’s three-year provincial partnership with Special Olympics BC to promote and celebrate the power and joy of sport.

For more information about the 2019 Polar Plunge, please visit the Polar Plunge website.


For more information:

Jeff McDonald
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
t. 604-549-2566 or c. 778-875-2574