Hundreds take a thrust in icy waters
February 14, 2017 - Picnic Time
POCOPSON Not many people would strew their clothes, put on a swimming fit and thrust into 39-degree H2O in a center of winter.
But hundreds of people only did that during a ninth annual Polar Plunge during a Brandywine Picnic Park Saturday.
“I can’t feel my legs or toes, though we consider all else is OK,” Kathy Do pronounced shortly after exiting a water. “It was so most colder than we suspicion it would be. This was my initial and substantially final time.” Do packaged a towel warmer to assistance her after she came out of a water.
Mike Chambers, owners of Kennett Beverage, also took a thrust for a initial time.
“It took my exhale away,” he said. “I only had to go all a approach underneath to get a full effect. Right now, we was breathing when we got out.”
Eric Etshman took a thrust for a initial time, and talked his 10-year-old daughter, Adelaide into doing it as well.
“I can’t feel my toes, though a rest of me is fine,” he said. “It’s for a good cause, and a Red Clay Creek is right in a behind yard.”
Lenny Rivera, who will be boss of a Longwood Rotary Club in a few months, took a thrust for a initial time.
“I couldn’t feel my legs within 10 seconds,” Rivera said. “I went all a approach underneath and it was approach colder than we thought. we still can’t feel my toes and we have hosiery on.”
The Longwood Rotary Club lifted $1,000 for a event, and Tim Rayne, president, supposed a Golden Plunger Award.
“You have to do it, it’s fun stuff,” pronounced Al Iacocca, a internal profession who took a plunge. “But it’s freezing, and we can’t feel my toes and we can’t feel my legs.”
The thrust is a annual fundraiser for a BVA and Red Clay Valley Association, and helps lift recognition about their work for a Brandywine Creek Watershed. Since 2008, scarcely 1,400 people have taken a thrust to lift some-more than $123,000 to strengthen and preserve a informal healthy resources. The Polar Plunge is one of BRC’s vital fundraisers to equivalent a cost of environmental preparation programs reaching scarcely 12,000 propagandize students per year.
“This is unequivocally critical for us,” pronounced Jim Jordan, executive executive of a Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. “We lift supports for a preparation programs and watershed restoration. This is crazy and it takes a bit of bravery to get in a water.”
John Sanville, superintendent of a Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, emceed a event, and Del Bittle, internal song icon, spun a tunes. A vast bon glow kept a participants warm, and giveaway refreshments were supposing to everybody who attended.
The thrust is modeled after a Polar Bear Clubs that have been gathering adult in a Northeast, in places like Coney Island and Atlantic City and Dover.
The subsequent large fundraiser for a Brandywine Red Clay Alliance will take place Mar 25, during a Red Clay Valley Cleanup, when 700 internal volunteers will assistance to purify a environment.