Thanks to the intrepid plungers, volunteers, and sponsors, more than 1,000,000 dollars has been raised for local charities and the work Rotary over the past 40 years. Sunday February 2nd marked the 40th anniversary of the BEL Rotary Polar Plunge and an estimated 1,000,000 dollars raised to support our community. Charities including Hospice, LAWS, Youth Unlimited, YES and Parkinson Canada are but a few of benefactors over the years. This year approximately 75 jumpers took to the icy waters of Chemong Lake and raised in excess of 25,000 dollars.
 
Veteran jumper Stephanie Dancy has raised approximately 13,500 in her 18 jumps and will continue until she reaches 25 consecutive jumps. First time jumper Rino Andreoli jumped for Parkinson Canada. “A good friend has a son with this disease. It is a great way to support a worthy cause and develop community spirit”. Eight time jumper Cheryl Hoddy is truly an inspiration. Living with Multiple Sclerosis herself, she jumps for Cystic Fibrosis, which her husband lives with. Husband Steve is also a veteran jumper and joined her this year. When asked about the plunge they replied “There’s no such thing as you can’t do it – just do it!”

Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and of course the jumpers who make this event such a great success. It is your spirit and generosity that make our community so strong!