On Monday night the BEL Rotary Club celebrated the many sponsors, volunteers and plungers who made the 36th Polar Plunge possible.  The plunge is a fond memory and thanks to the hard work of everyone involved was another huge success.  “The plunge went off like clockwork thanks to the tremendous work of the volunteers and community supporters” said Chairperson Tony Davidson during the celebration. “It is truly a community event and it is the efforts of everyone concerned that makes it such a success.  In the end, it is the charities and the work of BEL Rotary that are the true benefactors.”
Over the years hundreds of plungers have jumped for many reasons, most of them personal.  Three time plunger Laura Shortall and winner of the most money raised by an individual, jumped for the The Brain Tumour Association of Canada.  She jumped in honour of a close family friend whose 9 year old son is suffering from brain cancer.  “People are very generous when they know if it for a good cause”, said Shortall.
Veteran plungers Brian Menton and Tony Davidson were joined by first time plunger Michael Davidson and jumped in support of the school the BEL Rotary Club has just completed in Cambodia.  All three were part of the build team.  “It was amazing to be part of the build.  The school will impact the lives of many children as the community works toward a better future.  Jumping in the water was a small price to pay to make such a big difference for Cambodian families”, said Menton.
Another first time plunger Annie Vanexem, plunged with her husband Jeff to raise funds for the Diabetes Foundation.  Annie is no stranger to the event, her dad, Rotarian Girvin Devitt, made the leap 35 years ago!
The Rotary Club of Bridgenorth - Ennismore - Lakefield wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, community supporters and of course the “Polar Plungers” who braved the weather and the water on Feb 7th to make this event a success.