Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision

January 01, 2011 15:13 ET

Canada's largest charitable Polar Dip reaches goal of $150,000

26th Annual Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision will provide fresh water for communities in Tanzania

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Jan. 1, 2011) - The 26th anniversary of the Courage Brother's Polar Bear Dip for World Vision pulled out all the stops and reached their fundraising goal of $150,000 - raising more than $100,000 for the second year in a row.

When Todd and Trent Courage, founders of the annual Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision, raised their goal from $100,000 to $150,000 on December 21, they thought they would exceed expectations. How right they were.

At Coronation Park in Oakville and in celebration of the Courage Brothers' Polar Bear Dip for World Vision's 26th year, the Courage brothers, along with 700 dippers and over 5,000 spectators, raised $150,000 for water projects in Africa.

"I'm always impressed with the support we get from people who come out here on New Year's Day," says Todd Courage. "Surpassing $100,000 in funds raised two years in a row is a huge achievement - it'll provide clean water to 6,000 people in Tanzania"

"After visiting Rwanda last year and observing the tremendous need for clean water, and then seeing the difference in communities where donations to World Vision are at work, I am beyond ecstatic," says Trent Courage. "This isn't just $150,000, it means the building of borehole wells, improved sanitation facilities, teaching of proper hygiene and sanitation practices and the planting of vegetable and fruit trees that will protect the environment and provide income to maintain the new wells."

The funds raised by the 26th Annual Courage Brothers' Polar Bear Dip's will support the Manonga Water and Sanitation Project in Tanzania and bring clean water to 6,000 people.

NOTE: The Courage Brothers' Polar Bear Dip for World Vision is the largest Polar Bear Dip in the Toronto area and also the largest Polar Bear Dip for charity in Canada. This year, over 700 dippers braved the icy waters of Lake Ontario while close to 5,000 spectators cheered them on. Celebrities Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath judged the annual costume contest and hosted the official Dip Countdown. Greetings were brought on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper by Oakville MP Terence Young and Regional Chair Gary Carr brought greetings from Halton Regional Council.

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