London, Ontario, Friday, February 8, 2019 – Fanshawe College has partnered with
London Police Service, OPP and local corrections staff to host London's third Polar
Plunge. Student, staff, police and community teams will take the icy plunge on Wednesday,
February 13 in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The event will take place outside Forwell Hall on Wednesday, February 13 at the
London Campus, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. There will be two plunges – one from
3 to 4 p.m. (registration at 2:30 p.m.) and the second from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (registration
at 6 p.m.). All proceeds will support Special Olympics.
London Police Service Chief John Pare and Fanshawe President Peter Devlin have challenged
each other and will plunge at 3 p.m. Deputy Chiefs Stephen Williams and Daryl Longworth
will also plunge at 3 p.m.
"Fanshawe students volunteer many hours within the London community and this event
is a tremendous opportunity to support Special Olympics," said Mark Hunter, associate
dean of the School of Public Safety. "This promises to be an exciting and fun fundraiser
and we look forward to welcoming all participants and supporters to the Polar Plunge."
Cost: $25 per student or $25 in donations; staff/community members $50 per person
or $50 in donations. Participants should register at www.polarplunge.ca.
"We are very excited to join forces with Fanshawe College to host our third annual
Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics," said Sgt. Derek Spence. "We encourage
members of the London community to join us as, together–we'll be 'freezin' for a
The Polar Plunge is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics. All funds
raised directly benefits the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Last
year in Ontario, LETR raised $2.3 million for Special Olympics. Worldwide, LETR
has raised over $56 million and since its inception, the grand total of money raised
for Special Olympics worldwide is in excess of $733 million.