The BEL Rotary 41st Annual Polar Plunge is almost in the books, and despite Covid 19 has been a huge success.  Thanks to the intrepid plungers, the generosity of our community who stepped up and pledged them and our amazing sponsors more than $22,000 has been raised to date.  We know this is a year like none other, and now more than ever many people in our community need support.  
 
Thank you to our sponsors, The Wolf, Fresh Radio, Global News, Bridgenorth Home Hardware, Savage Arms, Bridgenorth Guardian and of course the Lakefield Herald.  You can check out the plunges on the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIneMUQIxNSQ9tE2gFmk-Sg/featured.  If you missed the opportunity to pledge your favourite plunger, you can do so at www.belrotaryplunge.com until March 31st.
 
Once again, thank you to our wonderful community for your support and for making this event so successful.  You have helped to make the world a little bit better!
Monies raised in the plunge will support the local foodbanks, Camp Kawartha, Kawartha Wildlife Centre, Community Care Peterborough, Cystic Fibrosis, Sick Children’s Hospital, Suicide Awareness and the Lakefield Legion.  Fundraising will also support the Polio Plus initiative which is supporting infrastructure in developing countries to facilitate the distribution of the Covid 19 vaccine and the Rotary Foundation which helps funds work at home and across the globe.
 
BEL Rotary has responded to the need in the community during this difficult time.  To date the club has supported front line workers with masks and hand sanitizer, provided hot meals to the staff and residents of the Youth Emergency Shelter, provided “treats” to LTC workers and residents, supported the local foodbanks, provided the makings of Thanksgiving dinner to families and provided the gift of Christmas through our enhanced Adopt a Family program.  Money raised during the plunge will allow us to continue this support during the coming months.