Welcome to Little Beach in Port Stanley, Ontario, site of the Third Annual Port
Stanley Polar Bear Dip in Lake Erie. The weather this March 4, 2017 morning seemed
to have cooperated enough, to make it partly cloudy, and cold, with the temperature
at the 11:00 a.m. Dipping time hovering around minus 5 Celsius. This fundraising
event, was put on by
Childcan (The Childhood Cancer Research Association) and the Port Stanley
This year's conditions, with open water, were similar to last year except that
it was about five degrees Celsius colder, still a lot better than the first year,
where members of the Port Stanley Fire Rescue had to cut a rectangular hole in
the 18-inch thick ice, just to get into the water.
With Port Stanley Fire Rescue in the water wearing wet suits, teams with names like
Dads Bod Club of London, Chilly Dogs, Freezin for a Reason, Cool Runnings, Chilling
and dipping for Lorelai, JFJ and BearyCods, Port Stanley Beach Patrol, The Cold
Ones, Honey Dippers, The Best, Team Birr, Elgie Icebergs, CNPers, Shrivel Me Timbers,
The Dippers, The House Dippers, Beary Cool, Julie Challenge, and J and Norm took
their turn at 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 on the way out, had a shivering
grin on their faces, a 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 $20,000.00 for this event, and
through the Polar Bear Dipping efforts of 18 Teams, 106 Participants, numerous ChildCan,
and Port Stanley Firefighters Association volunteers, this event raised almost $30,000.00
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.