The 23rd Annual Courage Brothers' Polar Bear Dip for World Vision



    Proceeds to benefit water projects in Sudan

    OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 27 /CNW/ - Five hundred dippers are expected to brave
the icy waters of Lake Ontario again this year during the 23rd annual
Courage Brothers' Polar Bear Dip for World Vision, an event that has become a
Greater Toronto Area New Year's Day tradition. More than $350,000 has been
raised to provide clean water in developing countries since the first dip in
1985.
    The event, which began when local businessmen Todd and Trent Courage
jumped into Lake Ontario in Burlington, is now Canada's largest polar bear dip
for charity
    "Our event has raised more than $350,000 in recent years for
World Vision's life-saving water programs," says Trent Courage. "This year we
will have 500 participants ready to dive into icy water to raise funds to
construct water systems for four villages in Sudan."
    The Courage brothers and friends hope to raise a minimum of $40,000 with
the 2008 event. The proceeds will be used to drill boreholes, install wells,
lay water pipes and repair existing wells in four villages in Sudan where
World Vision operates community development projects.
    The event's festival-like atmosphere, with live music, costumes and
celebrities, drew more than 400 participants and 5,000 spectators to
Coronation Park in Oakville on January 1, 2007.
    "Access to clean drinking water should be a basic right for all children,
whether they live in Sudan or in the GTA," said Dave Toycen, president of
World Vision Canada. "We are so encouraged by the hundreds of GTA residents
who brave Lake Ontario to make sure Sudanese children can exercise that
right."

    
    WHEN:  New Year's Day, Tuesday January 1, 2008

    WHERE: Coronation Park, Oakville, Ontario
           Lakeshore Road between 3rd and 4th Line

    WHAT:  12:30 p.m. Registration begins
                      Live band performs on main stage
           1:00 p.m. Mayor of Oakville and Regional Chair of Halton welcome
                     visitors
                     Singing of O' Canada
                     Costume contest on main stage
           1:30 p.m. Pre-dip interview availability (Todd Courage,
                     Trent Courage, Richard Chapman of World Vision)
                     Please register at media table to ensure interview
           2:00 p.m. Polar Bear Dip begins

    All Participants:
    -   With the $25 registration fee, will receive a t-shirt, and a
        membership certificate
    -   With every $100 raised, will receive a ballot for a chance to win
        prizes
    -   Will be eligible to win prizes for the best individual costume and
        the best group costume

     The Courage Brothers are pleased to recognize the following platinum
                 level sponsors for the 2008 Polar Bear Dip:

                           Campbell's Soup at Hand

                                   Thermos

                                   Megaloid
    





For further information:

For further information: visit www.polarbeardip.ca or contact: Peter
Turkington, Strategic Communications Solutions, Tel: (905) 483-0155,
peter@polarbeardip.ca; Karen Homer, World Vision, Tel: (416) 936-4159,
Karen_homer@worldvision.ca


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