THE people of Limerick are being encouraged to take the plunge into the icy waters of Lough Derg this Saturday, December 12, to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland.
Up to 50 brave souls will get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ at the University of Limerick Activity Centre in Killaloe at 12 noon. The event forms part of the Special Olympics national polar plunge campaign.
It will see plunges taking place in seven locations around the country as part of a fundraising drive to support the organisation that recently sent 88 athletes to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
It is being run in association with gardaí from Limerick and Clare as part of the force’s role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an organisation that has been in partnership with Special Olympics for many years.
Garda Hilda Moloney, who is based in Killaloe said: “This is a unique and fun way to raise vital funds for Special Olympics. All of the money raised goes towards supporting over 2,500 athletes in the Munster region and ensuring that they continue to get access to sporting opportunities through competitions, leagues and interclub competitions.”
Those interested in signing up can get more information by visiting the web site at www.specialolympics.ie/polar plunge, or by telephoning 085-8053242.