Over 150 SA Celebrities take a Plunge in the 2020 Special Olympics
What could be more fun than jumping into an ice cold water and coming out refreshed while you clench your teeth trying to keep it cool? But at least you had fun right?
The Polar Plunge for this year received an enormous support from well- known personalities and media. Most of them opened their pockets to help feed the less privileged families of athletes. Meanwhile over 150 of them committed to plunging into an icy cold pool of water to drive awareness of this annual fundraiser.
Special Olympics International started the plunge in US and in Canada and has over 55000 athletes in this country who participate in programs across South Africa. The Special Olympics Polar Plunge created to raise awareness about who and what the Special Olympics are. It is also a fundraiser to raise money for different cause. This year, all the money that was made went to their Food Parcel Drive. The event has different sponsors every year.
However, there are always challenges in the way and this year the Coronavirus might have twisted everything. “The biggest challenge was limiting the people who could attend the plunge this year. Meaning none of our athletes and coaches could attend. Most of our athletes are vulnerable and the risk was too high for them to be out in public. Strict regulations had to be adhered to by celebs and industry players who attended on the day while we encouraged other plunge to do remote at their own houses. The plunge was broadcast virtually on all our platforms”, said Melanie Ramjee, Deputy Chairperson of Special Olympics South Africa.
The Special Olympics food parcel contains 22kg of fruit and vegetables, 10kg of maize meal and 3 kg of beans and lentils. This can feed a family of four for up to 3 weeks. The cost of one food parcel is R250. “Next year we go bigger with the hope to raise double the amount we did this year. Also getting more support from corporate South Africa and our celebrities/media”, said Melanie.
In 2022 the Special Olympics athletes will be participating in the World Winter Games in Russia. Make sure you support them and celebrate when they bring those medals home.