Welcome to Little Beach in Port Stanley, Ontario, site of the 5th Annual Port Stanley
Polar Bear Dip for Childcan in Lake Erie. The weather this March 2nd, 2019 morning
was mainly cloudy with snow falling, temperatures at the 11:00 a.m. dipping time
hovering around minus 2 Celsius. This fundraising event, was put on by Childcan (The Childhood Cancer Research Association)
and in partnership with Central Elgin Fire Rescue Services.
With all the cold weather this year machinery was brought in to make an opening
through the thick ice big enough for the Polar Dippers to test the temperature of
the water. Before the event got started members of the Port Stanley Fire Rescue
dressed in their cold water rescue gear got into that frigid water to remove any
lose pieces of ice and to give the those Polar Dippers some encouragement and maybe
some assistance if they stopped moving while testing the temperature of the water.
Teams with names Freezin for a Reason - Mad for Maddie, ICE ICE BABIES (Ice is back
with a brand new invention), Quintons Little Fighter's, Shock and Thaw, MACMASTER
ICE BREAKERS, Chilled Parts, Logan's Heroes, Evan's Angels, Brrr Babes, Holy F*ck
It's Cold!, Team Ber, Itty Bitty Tity's, Home Hardware, Shrivel Me Tenders, River's
Shiver Dippers, Polar Icicles, Ice Holes, Dominick's Dippers, The Lily Dippers,
DSRCT, Frosted Flakes, Caesar's Freezer, Team Lorelai, Phillips Clan, and GopherIt!
took their turn at some Cold Water Dipping!
All teams ran into the icy water, with cheers from the crowd, with some brave souls
plunging completely under the frigid liquid. And even on the way out, most of those
brave souls had a shivering grin on their faces, showing that cool feeling of satisfaction
that they took the plunge, all for a great cause, to help children in need.
This year Childcan set their fund raising goal at $50,000.00 for this event, and
through the Polar Bear Dipping efforts of 38 Teams, 198 Participants, numerous ChildCan,
and Port Stanley Firefighters Association volunteers, this event raised over $67,231.39
in pledges and donations for a great cause.
Childhood Cancer Research Association
Funds raised at this event support programs and services provided by Childcan to
assist children and families on their journey through childhood cancer.
Childcan is an incorporated, registered, community-based charity which has been
supporting children and their families through childhood cancer since 1974. Located
in London, Childcan serves children who have been diagnosed at Children's Hospital,
London Health Sciences Centre, a tertiary care referral centre serving 550,000+
children from south-western and north-western Ontario.
Today, 10,000 Canadian children and their families are living with childhood cancer;
over 4,000 of them are in Ontario. This year alone, there will be 1,700 Canadian
children newly diagnosed and 20% of them will not survive. Two-thirds of the survivors
will live with the long term side effects of their treatment.
Childcan's programs and services provide families with the emotional, social and
financial support for their most pressing needs: hospital parking passes and meal
vouchers, individual financial assistance, support groups, family fun days, post-secondary
bursaries, novel research and so much more.
www.childcan.com for more information.