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York police taking the plunge Thursday in support of Special Olympics

There is still time to register or donate to the frigid fundraiser, or just come and cheer them on
Christine Gardine's (the pineapple) team takes the plunge at the York Regional Police Polar Plunge in 2019. File photo/Greg King for Newmarket Today

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the proper date for the polar plunge: Thursday, March 24. 

York Regional Police are preparing for their polar plunge in support of Special Olympics Ontario Thursday and there is still time for you to join them. 

On the evening of March 24, Chief Jim MacSween, officers and members of the community will jump into a pool of freezing water to raise funds for Special Olympics Ontario, a cause the police service has been supporting for more than 20 years. 

"The pandemic has created challenges for the athletes who are looking forward to a safe return to their sports and training programs. More than ever, support from the community is crucial in keeping Special Olympics Ontario running smoothly," YRP said in a news release. 

Police aimed to raise $20,000 with the polar plunge and have already surpassed that goal with $20,126, according to their donation page. 

The icy event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. with registration beginning at 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to participate and can sign up online or on site. 

For those that aren't ready to brrr-ave the cold, you are still invited to attend and cheer on the participants. 

The polar plunge will be hosted at the new York Regional Police Association building at 63 Eric T. Smith Way in Aurora. 


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