Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision

December 29, 2008 10:30 ET

Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision Announces 2009's Celebrity MC

Tom Cochrane will lead countdown to Canada's largest charitable polar dip

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2008) - Iconic Canadian rocker, Tom Cochrane on January 1 will be joining 5,000 spectators at Oakville's Coronation Park to cheer on approximately 500 dippers as they raise funds for fresh water in Rwanda through World Vision. Tom will lead the countdown to start 2009's Courage Brothers Annual Polar Bear Dip for World Vision.

"We are excited and honoured to have Tom Cochrane as a special guest at Canada's largest charitable dip this year," says Todd Courage. "Because of his commitment to fighting global poverty, just his presence is an endorsement of what this dip is all about - helping less fortunate brothers and sisters around the world have clean water."

Tom Cochrane, local Oakville resident is known for his humanitarian efforts in fighting global poverty and for his "songs that recount stories and dreams that are unabashedly Canadian," was recently awarded the Order of Canada.

"I am so proud to be Canadian and cheer on so many people who are willing to jump into the icy Lake Ontario waters and subject their bodies to such extremes just so they can help provide fresh water to global communities in need," says Tom Cochrane. "That this event helps less fortunate communities protect their water resources, establish good sanitary conditions, drill new wells and build reservoirs to provide safe water is amazing - it's truly Canadian."

The overall essence of this event is 'water for water' - the dippers collect pledges, and after they take the plunge into the icy-cold waters at Coronation Park, funds are donated to a water project through World Vision on behalf of The Courage Brothers Annual Polar Bear Dip.

"Funds raised by this year's dip will fund a project that will help provide a dependable source of clean water for the people of Kahi in the Umutara region of Rwanda.," says Todd. "Our goal is to raise $60,000 that will go towards drilling new wells, building reservoirs, collecting rainwater that can be used to irrigate vegetable gardens, and institute training programs to help the community to protect their vital water resources."

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