Video: Now in its 28th year, the Courage Polar Bear Dip is a New Year's tradition for many Canadians looking to have fun and help others. On January 1, 2012, more than 700 people took part.
OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Now entering its 28th year, the Courage Polar Bear Dip, Canada's largest dip for charity and
an established holiday tradition, has a lot to be proud of. Every year
hundreds of brave souls celebrate the start of the year by running into
Lake Ontario's frigid waters at Coronation Park in Oakville, Ont. This
plunge attracts thousands of spectators, and benefits countless more
around the world. The 'water for water' event has been raising money
for World Vision water projects since 1995. When it happens this New
Year's Day, the total funds raised will pass the $1-million mark,
making it Canada's first million-dollar dip.
In 1985 Gaye Courage started a tradition by encouraging her two sons
Trent, then 17, and Todd, then 21, to ring in the new year a little
differently. Thirty friends and family took part in the original dip.
The Courage Polar Bear Dip is now inspiring a new generation of
Canadians to help others around the globe. "While I plan to continue
dipping for many years to come," says dip co-founder Trent Courage,
"it's exciting to introduce the next generation to polar bear dipping
and the effect that they can have on so many lives."
"The dip has shaped how I look at the world, by showing what is really
happening," says Adam Mills, 12, of Oakville, Ontario. He adds, "My
favourite part about the dip is actually jumping in!"
His sister Sarah Mills, 10, chimes in "My favourite part of doing the
polar bear dip is knowing you are helping people around the world by
raising money for families to have fresh water." She says others her
age should get involved, "I would totally encourage kids my age (to do
the dip) because it gives them something good to do, helps people out
and at the same time you have fun with what you're doing."
In a festive, family atmosphere the Courage Dip sees hundreds of dippers
of all ages, from as young as four all the way up to 76. This year is
promising to be the biggest year ever, as it celebrates its
million-dollar milestone. Canadians can find out more at www.polarbeardip.ca.
Twitter: @PolarBearDip #milliondollardip
Website: www.polarbeardip.ca or www.worldvision.ca
Video with caption: "Video: Now in its 28th year, the Courage Polar Bear Dip is a New Year's tradition for many Canadians looking to have fun and help others. On January 1, 2012, more than 700 people took part.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20121219_C2268_VIDEO_EN_22089.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20121219_C2268_PHOTO_EN_22089.jpg&clientName=Courage%20Polar%20Bear%20Dip&caption=Video%3A%20Now%20in%20its%2028th%20year%2C%20the%20Courage%20Polar%20Bear%20Dip%20is%20a%20New%20Year%27s%20tradition%20for%20many%20Canadians%20looking%20to%20have%20fun%20and%20help%20others%2E%20On%20January%201%2C%202012%2C%20more%20than%20700%20people%20took%20part%2E&title=COURAGE%20POLAR%20BEAR%20DIP%20%2D%20The%20Courage%20Polar%20Bear%20Dip%3A%20Twenty%2Deight%20years%2C%20%241%20million%20and%20a%20warm%2C%20lasting%20legacy&headline=The%20Courage%20Polar%20Bear%20Dip%3A%20Twenty%2Deight%20years%2C%20%241%20million%20and%20a%20warm%2C%20lasting%20legacy
Image with caption: "Hundreds of Canadians take part in the Courage Polar Bear Dip on New Year's Day each year, including these dippers in 2012. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada) (CNW Group/Courage Polar Bear Dip)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121219_C2268_PHOTO_EN_22088.jpg
Image with caption: "Courage Polar Bear Dip co-founders Todd and Trent Courage at the most recent dip on January 1, 2012. (CNW Group/Courage Polar Bear Dip)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121219_C2268_PHOTO_EN_22093.jpg
SOURCE: Courage Polar Bear Dip
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