OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's first and largest charity polar bear dip celebrates 30 years of splashes, screams and smiles. Hundreds of Canadians of all ages will kick off the New Year running into the cold water of Lake Ontario at the Courage Polar Bear Dip. It also marks the 20th anniversary of partnering with World Vision Canada for clean water projects around the world.
"This is our family tradition. It kickstarts the New Year with fun and laughter, shivers and a little cold, but most of all it leaves us with a warm feeling that we have had a positive influence in people's lives through World Vision. It's a great invigorating feeling."
-Todd Courage, co-founder, Courage Polar Bear Dip
This year's #polarbeardip in Oakville will attract thousands of spectators, and benefit countless more around the world. The Courage Polar Bear Dip sees hundreds of dippers of all ages, from as young as four, all the way up to 76-years-old, taking part in the craziness of the day.
Who: Almost 1,000 people expected from across the GTA and Golden Horseshoe , including dip founders Todd & Trent Courage, cheered on by thousands of spectators in a fun, family-friendly, festival atmosphere.
What: Waves of people will brave frigid waters of Lake Ontario against the backdrop of a festival that includes live music and a costume contest.
When: January 1, 2015-festivities start at 12:30 p.m., dip at 2 p.m.
Where: Coronation Park, Oakville (1426 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, ON)
Media are invited: Look for the media tent (marked by orange balloons) to get media access, interviews and more.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca
Image with caption: "2013 Polar Bear Dippers take the plunge in Oakville (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141212_C5876_PHOTO_EN_9409.jpg
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
For further information: Media Contacts, Jermaine Hylton, 647-261-1291, Jermaine_hylton@worldvision.ca