While police don’t generally encourage the public to jump into the Thompson River this time of year, Kamloops RCMP members are pushing for one of their sergeants to get in there -- for a good cause, of course.
In support of the Special Olympics, Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk has pledged to plunge into the icy-cold river on March 7, if he reaches his $2,000 fundraising goal for the BC branch of the organization.
This year’s Virtual Polar Plunge will raise vital funds and awareness to support life-changing programs for people with intellectual disabilities. After the event, photos and video of Sgt. Buliziuk’s brave and entertaining feat will be posted online to enjoy over and over again.
The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC is an absolute blast – and we can’t wait to see participants from across British Columbia show their courage and creativity in this year’s virtual event, said Dan Howe, Special Olympics BC President and CEO. Taking the Plunge is always an exhilarating experience, and it is wonderful to see so many people having such a great time while supporting Special Olympics athletes.
In a typical year, courageous participants gather in large groups and charge into icy waves at Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC events in Vancouver, Victoria, and Revelstoke. This year, Special Olympics BC supporters won’t be plunging together in person, but will be together in spirit, taking individual icy dips to support the important cause.
For Sgt. Buliziuk, the opportunity to participate in the virtual plunge means supporting those who display resilience and adversity to do the physical activities they love.
"This group of amazing athletes needs support and we're in a position where we can do something to help, said Sgt. Buliziuk. This is a great opportunity for us to collectively give back to the communities many of us have served in all over BC."
To help Sgt. Buliziuk pay up on his pledge and jump into the freezing cold river, visit the Special Olympics website and hit donate, then type in Brandon Buliziuk. Tax receipts will be provided.
Those who want to help fundraise by making their own splash can sign up and take the plunge by videotaping themselves jumping in the snow or an icy bath, running through a sprinkler, or doing anything else that gets them cold and wet.
For more information check out: https://www.specialolympics.ca/british-columbia/news/brave-plungers-set-make-big-splash-special-olympics-bc.