Port McNeill Rotary Club New Year’s day polar bear dip

The Port McNeill Rotary Club is hosting a new year's day polar bear dip in front of the Sportsman restaurant.

Despite the fact that it is extremely nippy, the Port McNeill Rotary Club is planning to resurrect its New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip.

The event will take place at noon in front of the Sportsman Restaurant in Port McNeill, said President Deborah Murray, who has already secured a wetsuit and booties for her venture into the frigid ocean waters.

Murray explained that the event will not involve jumping off a dock, but a walk in and dip under the water. The goal of course is to raised funds for a local charity.

“We’re challenging every business, organization and group, to select someone to take the plunge. That group will then pass the hat to gather donations,” she said.

The group that collects the largest amount of money takes it all. People cannot turn up on the day with a cheque and expect to take home the funds.

“You have to have someone go in,” Murray said.

The winner is declared after everyone jumps in the water. In the past, the Rotary president would dip as long as at least $2,000 was donated, said Murray.

Because this will be an inaugural fund-raising event, Murray does not have a fund-raising goal in mind. Everyone who would like to see people take the plunge are invited to come out and watch.