Police make the leap for Special Olympic athletes in Nova Scotia


One-by-one, cops, firefighters and volunteers from throughout Nova Scotia braved the cold climate on Saturday to participate in Halifax Polar Plunge 2017 to lift cash for Special Olympics Nova Scotia.

“The Nova Scotia police departments are extremely pleased to be able to provide some support both from an awareness standpoint – bringing awareness to what Special Olympics is – and also raising funds,” stated Superintendent Robin McNeil, Halifax Regional Police.

Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais used to be the primary to take part within the 2017 Halifax Polar Plunge.

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Halifax police leader Jean-Michel Blais used to be the primary to plunge into an icy container of water arrange at Grand Parade.

The Polar Plunge has been utilized by different legislation enforcement businesses throughout Canada so that you could elevate cash for Special Olympics, however that is the primary time it’s taken position in Nova Scotia.

“We stole the idea,” joked McNeil.

“Our first year, we were looking to be a little conservative. We were thinking we’d get 20, 30 jumpers and maybe $10,000. In fact, as of this morning, there were 76 registered and we were at just over $20,000.”

Although the primary 12 months for the Halifax Polar Plunge, the development raised over $20,000.

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“People in line were saying, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing here’ but they’re freezing for a reason. The saying makes sense,” stated Michael Greek, President & CEO of Special Olympics Nova Scotia after hiking out of the water. “It’s a great cause.”

Money raised from the Polar Plunge will pass to beef up methods for the 1,700 Special Olympic athletes throughout Nova Scotia.

They educate 12 months of the 12 months. Next 12 months, Antigonish is website hosting the nationwide video games in the summertime, so all this cash is helping,” stated Michelle Kempt, volunteer.

“As every parent knows, when your children are in sports, you have to drive there, we have to rent rink time, buy equipment, everything. So all this money will be going to help the athletes and it’s a great social environment for them too, so that athletes make friends and feel strong and confident.”

Money raised from the Halifax Polar Plunge will pass to beef up methods for Special Olympics Nova Scotia.

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You can in finding out extra details about Special Olympics Nova Scotia by means of vising their web site.

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