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Greater Victoria athlete top solo fundraiser in swim for Special Olympics

500 swimmers, spectators show up as Polar Plunge on track to hit $60K target
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While the money keeps rolling in, top fundraisers were crowned during the Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics B.C. Feb. 18 at Cadboro-Gyro Park.

Joined by support staff, philanthropic residents and several Special Olympics BC (SOBC) athletes, the #Plunge4SOBC raises vital funds to help rebuild the empowering year-round sport and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

“We had an amazing turnout this year with 200 plungers and approximately 300 spectators,” said Sheri Lucas, a retired Oak Bay police officer, organizer and participant.

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To date, the event has raised $40,000 and expects to hit its goal of $60,000, Lucas said. She was among those who organized the inaugural plunge in 2018. It’s among the Law Enforcement Torch Run events that raise funds for SOBC.

The leading solo fundraiser is also a local SOBC athlete and advocate. Sheenagh Morrison first fell in love with swimming as a Special Olympics BC athlete more than two decades ago. Longtime supporters aren’t surprised Morrison lapped the competition, finishing atop the heap in solo fundraisers for the event with more than $5,000.

The VicPD Royal Plungers were the top team fundraisers, bringing in more than $13,000.

Anyone can take part in a virtual dip to raise funds for the program now through March 5. Visit specialolympics.ca/polar-plunge-special-olympics-bc for details.

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