Whalen, president of the Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury and District unit, joined Davidson in launching the fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge for a Cure. Both men have taken the plunge before, so they are fully aware of what awaits them on March 1.
“The water is freezing cold; it's a shock to the system,” said Davidson, who plunged two years ago. This is his first year helping to organize the event.
Davidson works for Talos Steel Ltd., owned by Frank Grossi, who is once again playing host to the Polar Bear Plunge.
“And, jumping in the water isn't the hard part, it's getting out afterwards,” he said. “The cold air bites you.”
Last year, the plunge raised more than $12,000. Since its inception, the event has generated more than $30,000. Grossi and his crew are hopeful this year's plunge will raise more than $20,000 alone.
A fun day is planned for everyone who attends, even those who won't be taking the plunge, said the cancer society.
Top fundraisers will win a variety of prizes.
There is a $10 registration fee for all participants. The first plunge takes place noon at 4658 Long Lake Rd.
For more information, visit www.plungeforacure.ca or email Davidson at [email protected]. Search for 2014 Sudbury Polar Bear Plunge on Facebook.