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Montreal’s Polar Bear challenge raises over $100,000 for Special Olympics

Elizabeth Zogalis

Feb 19, 2024

Hundreds of Montrealers, law enforcement officers, politicians and athletes braved the cold Saturday for the 17th annual Polar Bear challenge in Montreal’s Lachine borough.

The event is one of several held worldwide and the money raised goes to Special Olympics’ programs. It was a mild -17 C with the wind chill on the St. Lawrence River Saturday afternoon.

“It’s an event for social inclusion essentially. We have athletes that will be jumping in water cold water with police officers,” said Daniel Granger, Special Olympics Quebec board chair.

“Essentially, every time we raise about 400 dollars we can keep an athlete active for 12 months,” he added.

About 75 per cent of the Special Olympics funding comes from these types of events.

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