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Annual Nelson Polar Bear Dip returns for another year

The Nelson Rhythm Ropers, seen here with Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Chair Pat Dooley (holding the basketball), will take over the annual Polar Bear Dip. - Submitted photo
The Nelson Rhythm Ropers, seen here with Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Chair Pat Dooley (holding the basketball), will take over the annual Polar Bear Dip.
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The annual Polar Bear Dip at Rotary Lakeside Park will be going ahead this year at the regular place and time but under new coordinators.

Since 1997, this event has been put on by the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation and after discussion around their board table, it was decided that they would make a change.

Chair Pat Dooley said “annual review of foundation projects and events indicated the need to prioritize the most efficient use of our volunteer labour.  We are thrilled that the Polar Bear Dip will continue through the Rhythm Ropers, and wish them much success.”

The Nelson Rhythm Ropers are a well known team of competitive skippers who travel world-wide competing. This year the team will be hosting a provincial competition at the end of April.

Rhythm Roper director Wendi Thomson said “fundraising is always a challenge so when we heard about the opportunity to take this on, we ‘jumped’ at it.” (And yes, the pun was intended).

Funds are raised by polar dippers who raise pledges ahead of the event as well as donations for chili and hot chocolate available that day.

If you would like to get involved, you can pick up pledge sheets ahead of the event from the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce or email wendithomson@hotmail.com and one will be sent electronically.

Spectators are encouraged to come down and cheer on the brave souls who take the plunge.

The event is happening New Years Day with festivities beginning around 11:30 a.m. with the count down to get in the water at noon.

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