Toronto Polar Bear Dip in support of Boost CYAC
Bottom line is we can't all gather on January 1st this year - The city just isn't issuing permits. However the most important thing is the spirit. We didn't start out as a 400 person event. It was 3 of us, jumping in the lake for charity. Boost CYAC needs us (more than ever this year actually) and while we can't all gather on the beach together at once, lot's of ones, twos and threes doing the dip and challenging others to do it add up to hundreds, or even thousands and much needed funds for Boost!
So here's the plan!
We always have a bunch of supporters on the beach each year - holding blankets, finding clothes and otherwise being helpful. This is the option for those that are generous but abhore cold water.
Like the challenge of putting together a team and gathering pledges? You'll have to figure out how you'll make good on your promise to dip, but we've got the system covered. Click Here to start or join a team or to support a team member!
The Toronto Polar Bear Club was started in 2005 by three guys who wanted to share our love of the Polar Bear Dip with Toronto and to raise funds for great charities that provide services to the people of Toronto. That first year we managed to convince 20 people to jump into Lake Ontario on January 1st. Now we get over 500.
The "club" is simply the collection of volunteers that donate their time and resources to pulling this event off every year.
All funds raised by the Polar Bear Dip go directly to Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Center is an amazing organization in Toronto that answers the call when a child or youth under 18 is the victim of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect. Boost CYAC offers a number of direct services to children and youth including: trauma assessment, therapy, court preparation for child witnesses as well as primary prevention and public education programs.
Toronto Polar Bear Club is proud to support their efforts across the city especially as they work to expand their reach.