Welcome to Little Beach in Port Stanley, Ontario, site of the 4th Annual Port Stanley
Polar Bear Dip in Lake Erie. The weather this March 3, 2018 morning was near perfect
with clear sunny skies, with temperatures at the 11:00 a.m. Dipping time hovering
around minus 2 Celsius and rising throughout this morning's event. This fundraising
event, was put on by
Childcan (The Childhood Cancer Research Association) and the Port Stanley
Last year's open water made it easy for the Polar Dippers, but this year there was
still a lot of floating ice along the Little Beach shoreline. Before the event got
started the Port Stanley Fire Rescue dressed in their cold water rescue gear had
to clear a safe path through the ice for those Polar Dippers to get into the water.
With the Port Stanley Fire Rescue in the water wearing wet suits, teams with names
like Ice ice babies, Freezin For A Reason - Mad For Maddie, Logan's Heroes, Celina's
Stormtroopers, Shock and Thaw, Ice Holes!, Chill Seekers, Quinton's little fighters,
Shrivel Me Tenders, Freezin' for Lorelai, Rivers Erie Dippers, Port Stanley Beach
Rescue, Jax's Jumpers, The Witty Travellers, The Dippers, River's Shiver Dippers,
Team Ber, 4 the LUV of MIKE, The Carpenters, and Port Stanley Home Hardware 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 $35,000.00 for this event, and
through the Polar Bear Dipping efforts of 29 Teams, 174 Participants, numerous ChildCan,
and Port Stanley Firefighters Association volunteers, this event raised over $55,000.00
in pledges and donations for a great cause.
Childhood Cancer Research Association
Funds raised will support the programs and services Childcan provides to families
and children who are coping with a diagnosis of 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 25% 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.