DOBSON — This Saturday, Special Olympics of Surry County is hosting a Polar Plunge fundraiser that begins at 1 p.m. at Fisher River Park in Dobson.
The Polar Plunge is a popular winter event during which people submerge themselves in frigid waters; versions of the plunge are held all over the world.
According to Shannon Lewis, Special Olympics cheerleader coach and one of the organizers of the event, this type of event has never been held locally until now. Lewis decided it would be a good fit for Special Olympics after she attended a cheer coach training camp and heard of the success of other areas who used the plunge as a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
“It’s something different for our area…there are lots of raffles, but we wanted something unique. We really hope to have a good turnout,” said Lewis.
“The weather is supposed to be great for Saturday, so the people jumping in the water won’t be too cold.”
There is no dress requirement, but participants are welcome to dress in wacky costumes.
The fundraiser will benefit Special Olympic athletes in the local area, helping to provide funds for equipment, uniforms, transportation and associated travel expenses.
The event is open to anyone and participants should register in advance by calling 468-2748 or emailing email@example.com. All participants are required to sign a liability release/waiver prior to the event.
Interested individuals are asked to set a goal to raise $100 in donations and sponsorships to take the plunge, or raise as much money as possible.
Participants are asked to park in the Fisher River Park amphitheater parking lot and follow the signs to the location of the Polar Plunge.
Cooke Rentals is the sponsor of the event.
The Special Olympics will be held April 26 at North Surry High School. For questions or information about Special Olympics in Surry County, call Daniel White at 401-8235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Jessica Johnson at email@example.com or at 719-1933.