There may not be an actual pool this winter, but Windsor-Essex residents can still get cold for a cause.
With the continued guidelines against large gatherings due to COVID-19, the annual Windsor-Essex Polar Plunge to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario will continue, but not as in years past.
The fundraiser is still being put together by Windsor police, LaSalle police, and Ontario Provincial Police in cooperation with St. Clair College, but the current situation meant that adjustments needed to be made, according to Windsor Police Constable Adam Young, coordinator of the local event.
"The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event that our community has come to look forward to every year," said Young. "This has been a challenging year and I am glad to see that we can continue the great tradition that is Polar Plunge, even if it has to be virtual."
Individuals this year are encouraged to hold their own Polar Plunge, right in their own backyard. Folks can register for the Plunge, then take a dip in a kiddie pool, run through a sprinkler outdoors, take a cold bath or shower, or even have someone dump a bucket of cold water on their heads.
Or, if cold water bathing is not your thing, you can still support Special Olympics Ontario with a donation.
People who want to take the virtual plunge can register at the official Polar Plunge website between now and February 28, record a video of themselves doing the Plunge, then post on social media with the hashtag #PolarPlungeYQG.
The website is also taking monetary donations.