DRPS Takes the Plunge

DRPS Takes the Plunge

More than 60 plungers braved the cold water (and snow) at the DRPS “Freezin for a Reason” Polar Plunge on Tuesday March 19, 2024.

The Polar Plunge is a fun opportunity to support Special Olympics Ontario athletes by taking a flying leap – into very cold water!

A giant bin was set up outside the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa and filled with water just before the plungers started to arrive. DRPS Police Chief Moreira welcomed everyone and Special Olympics athlete and top fundraiser Andrew Boyd was the first to take the leap. 

The entire DRPS Command team followed, with Chief Moreira, Deputy Chief’s Bertrim, Kirkpatrick and Yeandle and CAO MacLellan all  braving the icy water for this great cause.

Decorated Special Olympics athlete Victoria McDonald from Uxbridge also took the plunge. Being a multiple gold medalist swimmer has its advantages when braving the icy water.

A special thank you to DRPS’s entire recruit class who also plunged and raised more than $1,600 – already demonstrating their commitment to giving back before officially serving their community.

It was a fun day that has so far raised more than $25,000 to benefit Special Olympic Athletes from Durham Region. There is still time to donate. Donations will be accepted until the end of March.

Donations can be made at https://soopolarplunge.crowdchange.ca/54360

Thank you to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee who made the event possible and to the plungers, donors and athletes who raised money for this very worthy cause.

A special thank you to the Tribute Communities Centre and the Oshawa Generals for hosting the event, and Loft House Construction for building the platform for the plungers.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank additional sponsors:

Tribute Communities Centre

Oshawa Generals

Tim Hortons


Haworth Canada



Creative Flooring

Lakeridge Links Golf Club

Thomas Milner Lawn Care

Simply Organized Services

Canadian Tire Bowmanville

Bistro 67

Minuteman Press

Durham Regional Police Services Board

Gangster Cheese

Lofthouse Construction


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