Largest New Year’s Polar Bear Dip in GTA

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Highlights:

31st annual Courage Polar Bear Dip
1000 dippers expected to make for a record-breaking year at the Courage Polar Bear Dip in Oakville, ON. Photo/World Vision
(January 01, 2016)
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OAKVILLE, ON - 

WHAT: A festive New Year tradition and Canada’s largest charity dip, the Courage Polar Bear Dip​ returns for its 31st annual event on New Year’s Day 2016.  This year is on track to be the biggest year yet, with almost 1,000 dippers and thousands of spectators expected to cheer them on.   
 
This is the largest and oldest charity Polar Bear Dip in Canada, and the largest dip in the GTA by far. The Courage Polar Bear D​​ip is in support of World Vision’s clean water programs. This year they are expecting to raise more than $120,000 for clean water in Rwanda, which would bring the total raised by this dip to $1.4 million.  
 
VISUALS
  • A very large crowd of brave Canadians of all ages, counting down and running into the cold waters of Lake Ontario together, many of them in bright costumes
  • Live music
  • Costume contest
  • Thousands of spectators
  • Festive atmosphere
 
WHEN: Friday, January 1, 2016; 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., with the dip itself taking place at 2p.m.
Full schedule of events can be found here
 
WHERE: Coronation Park, Oakville 1426 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville, ON
 
INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: 
Todd and Trent Courage, Polar Bear Dip founders
Jamie McIntosh, Vice-President of Programs & Policy, World Vision Canada   
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
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