Any icy dip in a pool will help raise some cold, hard cash to support Special Olympics athletes this weekend.
The annual RCMP-sponsored fundraiser for the athletes, formerly known as Free the Fuzz, has now been dubbed Freeze the Fuzz in honour of the newest activity at the event—a Polar Plunge.
“This year we’ve incorporated something new and interactive in order to raise much needed funds to support the many Kelowna and area Special Olympic athletes as they compete for the thrill of sport,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
“This year, the Free the Fuzz crew is putting on a Polar Plunge event where anyone who pledges $50 or more can jump into a pool full of ice and water, a truly chilling experience.”
If you take the plunge, you get an exclusive T-shirt to commemorate the event.
The Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, the second day of the fundraising event, at the Kelowna Walmart.
In addition to the Polar Plunge, there will be a pancake breakfast Saturday, a barbecue both Friday and Saturday, prize giveaways and entertainment, primarily on Saturday, including tributes to Ed Sullivan, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Marty Robbins.
Local band Cowboy Bob will also be on hand, as well as Olympian Kelsey Serwa.
Holmes, along with Const. Cheryl McKinnon and an auxiliary officer, will again be on site to MC the day’s events.
This weekend marks the seventh year the fundraiser has been held in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises funds to support B.C. Special Olympics.
Holmes is hoping they can beat the $20,000 fundraising mark hit both in 2009 and 2010.
Freeze the Fuzz runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, in the Kelowna Walmart parking lot.