Polar Bear Dip participants brave the cold in Oakville

Hundreds of ‘dippers’ celebrated the first day of Canada 150 at the Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision in Oakville on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (Photo: CNW Group/World Vision Canada)


More than 800 people began 2017 by dipping into Oakville’s stretch of Lake Ontario.
“What can be more Canadian than jumping into a freezing lake for a good cause?,” asked World Vision VP of vision partners and first-time participant Eric Frans.
“I’m feeling like a frozen ice cube of adrenaline, but it’s all worth it because it means clean water for children in Africa.”
It was part of the 32nd annual Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision, held at Coronation Park.
The event is the largest charity dip nationwide; World Vision – a relief, development, and advocacy organization – has a Canadian office in north Mississauga.
Nearly $150,000 was raised in support of World Vision’s clean water projects in Rwanda, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania, bringing the lifetime total the event has raised to more than $1.5 million.


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