Residents of Bridges House are gearing up to strip down and dive in. – for their third annual Polar Dip this Saturday.
The annual Polar Dip returns this Saturday – where participants jump into a giant pool of icy cold water – with all proceeds going to the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax.
Whether you would like to brave the icy waters or cheer on the participants, there’s a spot for everyone. In the past there have been between 70-100 jumpers but Bridges would like to surpass that number this year.
“Due to the strike at UNB, we’ve have a lot of interest shown by the UNB community … I expect more attendance from outside the university this year as we’ve put effort into reaching the public,” said Bridges House president and event organizer, Meaghan Moore.
The entrance fee to take the plunge is $40 and anyone under 19 requires a signature from their parent or guardian. The event itself is free to attend and everyone is welcome to come watch or make a donation if they please.
The goal of the Polar Dip is to raise as much money for the IWK as possible and to have fun while doing it. In the past the event has consisted of residents, members from the general public and even some faculty.
“We’ve had a wide variety of participants although the majority of them are students from residence,” said Moore. “We have had dons participate in the past, but we would love to see more staff and faculty come out this year.”
Most of the brave participants are residence students. Among them is Adam Paine who’s jumped three times already.
“It’s just awesome seeing everyone come together from all over campus every year and it’s a really fun atmosphere,” said Paine. “Plus I actually just love jumping in every year.”
There have been speculations made about this being the last Polar Dip organized by Bridges house, but Moore assures that this will not be the last.
“Even though our house has faced significant difficulties with raising the necessary funds to hold this event in the past years few years, we are greatly committed to keeping this tradition alive in the UNB community,” he said.
Those wishing to brave the icy pool can register on Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. in the Bridges House lounge. Donations to the IWK can be made in front of Bridge’s main entrance on the quad in front of the Student Union Building.