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Fun and funds raised for Special Olympics BC at Polar Plunge

With rain and snow in the forecast, Westminster Savings employees take the plunge off Kits Beach

Surrey, BC – Westminster Savings (now known as Prospera Credit Union) returns as the title sponsor for this weekend’s 2020 Polar Plunge into the chilly water off Kits Beach. An estimated 250 hardy souls, including Westminster Savings staff, will take the plunge with an expected temperature of 5° C, potentially five mm of rain and maybe even some snow.

“It takes a special kind of person to jump into the cold ocean in March, the kind of person who believes a little cold water is a small price to pay to support the hopes and dreams of Special Olympics athletes,” 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.”

This year’s event is taking place on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the west end of Kits Beach. The Polar Plunge is staged in partnership with a number of BC Law Enforcement agencies. Members of these agencies will take the plunge alongside teams, businesses, local celebrities and individuals in support of a very good cause.

“We are very grateful to all the law enforcement members and other brave Plungers who support Special Olympics BC athletes through this fun and inclusive event,” SOBC President & CEO Dan Howe says. “You may only spend a few moments in the freezing water, but your impact will be felt for far longer – because funds raised will help change lives across the province.”

2020 is the fourth year of Westminster Savings’ support for the Polar Plunge. The sponsorship is part of the credit union’s provincial partnership with Special Olympics BC to promote and celebrate the power and joy of sport.

For more information about the 2020 Polar Plunge, please visit their website.

For more information:

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