Gardaí to get ‘freezin’ for a reason’ and raise funds for the Special Olympics

It’s not every day that you get to soak a garda and get away with it.
Gardaí to get ‘freezin’ for a reason’  and raise funds for the Special Olympics

But the boys in blue are prepared to turn that colour by being dunked in ice-cold water to raise funds for a very worthy cause.

Around 40 gardaí, members of the army and the local fire brigade are bracing themselves for a Polar Plunge tomorrow to raise funds for the Special Olympics, which sent 88 athletes to this year’s world summer games in Los Angeles.

A custom-made ‘dunk tank’ will be set up at the Blackpool Shopping Centre from 1pm-4pm where members of the public can pay to throw balls at a target.

If they hit it whoever is sitting in the chair will be thrown into a 400-gallon water tank.

The event forms part of the Special Olympics National Polar Plunge campaign, which will see people being dunked in up to seven locations around the country from December 5-12.

The event is being run in association with gardaí from Cork as part of the force’s role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an organisation that has been in partnership with Special Olympics for many years.

Some of those participating have already been collecting money through sponsorship cards and on the day people will be asked to make a donation before they throw a ball at the dunking target.

Regional fundraising co-ordinator with Special Olympics, Lynda Foley said they were very excited by this fun event.

“We are very grateful to the gardaí, fire crew and the army for supporting thousands of athletes by literally getting ‘freezin’ for a reason’ for Special Olympics,” Ms Foley said.

She said the charity hoped to raise more than €5,000 from the event.

Sergeant John O’Connor from Anglesea Street Garda Station, who is spearheading the event, said his colleagues were glad to be involved.

“Gardaí in Cork are thrilled to get behind the Polar Plunge 2015 to help raise funds for Special Olympics. We’ve a few brave souls lined up to take the plunge in the dunk tank and would encourage the public to get behind this fun and very worthwhile event,” Sgt O’Connor said.

The dunk tank will be assembled opposite the McDonald’s restaurant in the shopping centre.

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