Polar Dip has poetic spin
January 24, 2010
It was a poetic plunge for many dippers who raced off the shores of Lake Promenade Park today.
About 30 dippers were met with rain and temperatures above 3C as they braved the icy waters of Lake Ontario for the annual Robbie Burns Polar Dip charity fundraiser.
Now, in its second year, the event, hosted by Port Credit travel tour operators Adventure Canada, brought out about 60 local musicians, academics and writer in celebration of the famed Scottish poet’s birthday.
"Canada is a cold country, Scotland is a damp one. What better way to celebrate a fine poet than a Mississauga polar plunge on Robbie Burns’ birthday," said Adventure Canada President Matthew Swan, who was the mastermind behind the event.
This year, proceeds raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders to help with the relief efforts in Haiti.
Adventure Canada announced that they’ll be matching all donations made during the event.
Last year, it raised about $500 for local charity EcoSource and its environmental education programs for youth, adults and family.