The 29th annual Conestoga Students Inc. Polar Plunge was held on Wednesday February 3rd. While some students have been trying to stay warm this cold season, many took part in this years frigid plunge. Despite the warm temperatures of the previous week, the ponds surface was a foot thick with -8 degree temperatures leading up to the event. Each plunger made the icy walk from the college cafeteria doors (approximately 50 feet) to the pond, and jumped into six feet of water.
Every year Conestoga Student Inc. (the student government) involves different charities for the Polar Plunge, and this years charity of choice was The Canadian Cancer Society, chosen by the C.S.I. student board of directors. 87 registered students raised money for a great cause, while 53 took the plunge. Pledges were collected at the event with over $4,600.00 raised and students are continuing to bring in more donations!
Hundreds of spectators watched the event enjoying the various costumes worn by the jolly jumpers. Conestoga Students Inc. presented cash prizes to Nadir Chaudhry who raised the most money, $1,355, along with Matt Winter, for the best jump and Rachel Ford for best costume.
This event has grown over the years with more spectators and participants. Compared to last years numbers, the registered participants doubled. Conestoga students look forward to this event every year, and the turnout is always positive! Students have their hearts in the right place when coming together for a great cause - the Canadian Cancer Society!
Special Thanks to Brad Kueneman and student volunteers, Matt Bloom, Justin Wingrove, Chris Hering and Mike Mota for all the hard work clearing the ice from the Pond, along with St. Johns Ambulance for assisting, and 91.5 The Beat for supporting the event.