VIDEO: Gardai make splash to raise cash for Special Olympics

GARDAI are calling on the public to get freezin’ for a reason this December and sign up for their annual charity Polar Plunge.

Members of the force - including Niamh Briggs, based in Roxboro - took to the icy waters of Lough Derg this week to launch the event, which aims to raise money for Special Olympics athletes.

Brave volunteers are being sought to take the plunge at the University of Limerick Adventure Centre in Killaloe on Sunday, December 7. Similar polar plunges will also take place around the country as part of a drive to raise funds for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The Killaloe event is being spearheaded by local garda Hilda Moloney as part of her role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

She said she was hoping to attract over 250 brave participants to take the plunge from 12pm on the day.

“This is a unique and fun way to raise vital funds for Special Olympics,” said Garda Moloney.

“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 interclub competitions.

“On top of that it promises to be good fun so sign-up today,” she added.

Lynda Foley, regional fundraising co-ordinator with Special Olympics Munster, said that a full day of activities would take place around the Polar Plunge.

“This is a really fun event and a great way for people to support our athletes all across the Munster region. On the day there will be entertainment, hot food and plenty of laughs, so be brave and take the plunge for Special Olympics.”

Those interested in signing up for the Polar Plunge can do so at Special Olympics.

Registration costs €15 and plungers are asked to raise a minimum €50 which goes directly to supporting athletes.