Law enforcement members and other brave participants will charge into the chilly waters off Willows Beach at the first annual Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC on March 11.

This fun and frigid fundraiser will include a colourful costume contest and displays from law enforcement agencies. Funds raised will go to support SOBC’s life-changing year-round sport programs and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities around the province.

“We are honoured to see so many law enforcement agencies come together for the first-ever Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC,” says SOBC President & CEO Dan Howe. “This event will be a great opportunity for law enforcement members and other people from their communities to have an absolute blast while supporting SOBC’s empowering programs.”

The Vancouver Island Polar Plunge, which is being staged in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOBC, will see members of the B.C. Sheriff Services, Canada Border Services Agency, Central Saanich Police Service, Oak Bay Police Department, Parks Canada Agency Law Enforcement Branch, Saanich Police Department, Victoria Police Department, and West Shore RCMP get bold and cold alongside corporate teams, students, and other fearless Plungers.

“Police agencies throughout Canada have a long standing history of supporting Special Olympics.  We are excited to promote and participate in events such as the Polar Plunge, which enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing them with opportunities to celebrate personal achievements through positive sport experiences.  It is a very worthy cause. I encourage everyone to join us in freezing for a great reason!” states Chief Del Manak of the Victoria Police Department.

Sincere thanks to Vancouver Island Polar Plunge Event Sponsors Thrifty Foods and Serious Coffee Millstream Village and Oak Bay.

Date:        Sunday, March 11
Schedule:    10 a.m. Plungers check in
11 a.m. Plunge
Place:              Willows Beach in Oak Bay