Polar Bear Dip already ahead of last year

Carla Allen callen@thevanguard.ca
Published on December 28, 2011
Those who don’t mind a refreshing plunge in a frigid lake to start off 2012 will be participating in the Polar Bear Dip at Lake Milo, at noon on New Year’s Day. Carla Allen photo

Fundraisers for the 2012 Polar Bear Dip have already surpassed last year’s efforts, without even getting a toe wet.


The event coordinator, Stephen Swimm, is delighted.

“As of (Dec. 21) when I went to the bank, we had already broken last year’s total of close to $1,800. That’s what just three of the dippers have raised so far.”

Funds raised from the Jan. 1 New Year’s Day event at Lake Milo are directed towards the Yarmouth Fire Department.

A spokesperson for the department says the money is appreciated and has been used for buying gloves, uniform flash-badges, and other incidentals.

The dip follows the same premise as the past three years, with participants doing something that causes most of us to shiver at the thought.

“Crazy people running into the lake for a good cause,” laughs the appropriately named Swimm.

The group is in the process of becoming an official charity, called the Yarmouth Polar Bear Club.

Last year 49 dippers took the plunge in front of several hundred at Lake Milo.

“We’re hoping for even more people to come out this year,” said Swimm.

“I’m trying to get Zach Churchill to come down to lead us into the water this year,” he added.

Although dippers won’t be entering the water till noon, they are asked to be on site by 11:30 a.m. Each dipper is requested to bring a spotter.

Pledge sheets can be obtained at Boston Pizza and those who want to donate money can contact the restaurant (902-742-5697) to support a dipper.

A post-dip pizza party will be held at Boston Pizza for participants.