The Toronto Polar Bear Dip has been put on ice again this year because of the pandemic.
This is the second year in a row the New Year’s Day plunge at Sunnyside Beach has been canceled due to the spread of COVID cases.
Organizers Keith, Ian and Mike took to their website to express their disappointment.
“Well, we thought the Polar Bear Dip might happen this year — things were looking so promising and our fundraising was off to a great start. Unfortunately Omicron and the resulting restrictions on gatherings had other plans for us.,” the guys wrote.
“While this is disappointing, it’s out of our hands, and so in the spirit of the Dip, we hope you will continue to raise funds for Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre and do your own dip your own way on January 1st.”
A personal dip could be in a kiddie pool in the backyard, a bathtub full of ice or in the lake up at the cottage.
People are encouraged to post their plunge on social media.
“This is an especially challenging time for Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre who have been working on the frontline during the pandemic to provide kids the mental health and other supports they need during child abuse investigations,” the organizers wrote.
“For those children, youth and families who rely on Boost CYAC they need our help more than ever. Your ongoing fundraising or a donation of any amount to Boost CYAC right now will make a big difference to children in our city.”