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West Grey Police put the 'fun' in fundraising at this year's Polar Plunge

Bruce Monkhouse takes the polar plunge

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's West Grey Correctional Services Officer Bruce Monkhouse!

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — It was a blustery, cold day on Friday, March 13 — unlucky for some, who volunteered to endure the chilly water and inhospitable wind at the West Grey Police Services' (WGPS) Polar Plunge. But divers made the most of their predicament, scoring some awesome 'air' and spectacular splashes in a three-foot-high pool in the parking lot of St. Peter's and Paul's Separate School in Durham. This was the fourth annual WGPS-sponsored wintry water event to raise funds for Special Olympics Ontario.

The plunging began at 12:15 pm with a steady succession of brave souls to leap from a picnic-table platform as crowds of kids and teachers cheered them on.

Police Chief Robert Martin takes the Polar Plunge

West Grey Police Chief Robert Martin enters the frigid H2O backwards, aided by two enthusiastic plunge-persuaders.


Cannonball and belly flop at the Polar Plunge

Cannonballs and belly-flops were the order of the day.


Justin Graham takes the Polar Plunge

Durham RBC staffer Justin Graham shows fine form just before thoroughly soaking poolside spectators.


Susan Black takes the Ploar Plunge

Co-worker Susan Black braces herself but takes a more delicate approach to entry.


Plunge registrants were 'freezin' for a reason.' According to West Grey Constable Mitch Roulston, WGPS expected to reach the $10,000 fundraising plateau for this year's event. $25,000 has been raised over the four-year history of the Polar Plunge. Funds attained will support Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) athletes. SOO offers programming and opportunities for participation across the province or territory, empowering people with intellectual disabilities. Their work includes local community activities and sport clubs, regional and provincial athletic competitions, and fundraising events that help support programming.

"A huge thank-you to everyone who supported WGPS and Special Olympics Ontario today," states a message posted on the WGPS Facebook page Friday, following the fourth annual event. WGPS also thanked the school, staff and students, "St. Peter's and St. Paul's were amazing hosts again for this great event."



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Updated March 12, 2020.

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