Freezing For A Reason At The Annual Polar Plunge Windsor-Essex

They were freezing and screaming for a reason at St. Clair College Friday.

The fourth annual Polar Plunge Windsor-Essex is taking place today at 11am, 2pm and 6pm to raise money for the Ontario Special Olympics.

In the past four years, it has raised more than $130,000.

Windsor Police, the OPP, LaSalle Police Service, Amherstburg Police and other members of the community took the plunge into a pool of ice cold water.

When they quickly jumped out of the pool, they were met by someone asking if they were ok and if they needed EMS.

The majority of plungers were smiling and enjoying themselves.

"I feel wet, cold and relieved that it is over," says Ruth Ellen McIntyre who works at Caesars Windsor.


The Polar Plunge at St. Clair College. March 2, 2018 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Windsor Police Constable Andrew Drouillard has taken the icy plunge in the past and says it definitely wakes you up.

"It is almost like having a shot of expresso," he laughs.  "I'm ready to go, this is how you should start your day every day."

Windsor-Essex has 120 athletes that compete in the Special Olympics.