Sunday 23 July 2017

Take the Polar Plunge: Get Freezin' for a Reason for Special Olympics Ireland

Special Olympics Ireland is calling on people to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December by participating in their ‘coolest’ fundraising event of the year.
Special Olympics Ireland is calling on people to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December by participating in their ‘coolest’ fundraising event of the year.

Ian Begley

Special Olympics Ireland is calling on people from Dublin and surrounding areas to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December, by participating in their ‘coolest’ fundraising event of the year.

Dublin’s Polar Plunge will take place at the Forty Foot, Sandycove from 1pm on December 3. Last year, hundreds of people including families, sports clubs, businesses and individuals turned out to take part in this unique fundraising event, bravely plunging into icy cold waters.

Special Olympics Ireland are hoping that this year’s event will be as popular with potential plungers, so that much needed funds for the organisation and its athletes can be raised.

The sports charity is gearing up to send 26 athletes to Austria next March, enabling them to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.

Dublin footballer Dean Rock has already signed up to participate in the event.

“I am really looking forward to participating in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at the 40FT again this year. Special Olympics is a very inspirational sporting charity and I am delighted to be involved in it. The event itself is a great day out. I would encourage everyone to get their friends and family involved and participate in their nearest plunge together,” he said.

Speaking at the launch of the Polar Plunge Special Olympics Ireland’s Eastern Regional Director, Liz Callery said: “The Polar Plunge is a freezing but fun event which we hope the people of Dublin and beyond will get behind. This special opportunity allows people to take part in a meaningful initiative during the season of good will. We would encourage everyone to sign up today to help raise funds for our inspiring athletes.”

Special Olympics Ireland provides sporting opportunities for over 9,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across 360 clubs all over Ireland.

Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs just €15 with plungers asked to raise an additional €35.

The full €50 goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and competitions. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge t-shirt.

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