The Toronto Polar Bear Club was started in 2005 by three guys who wanted to share their love of the Polar Bear Dip with Toronto and to raise funds for great charities that provide services to the people of Toronto.
The first year saw 20 people jump into Lake Ontario on January 1st, and today there were over 500 brave souls. 100% of the fundraising dollars went to Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC), an organization committed to eliminating abuse and violence in the lives of children, youth and their families. They respond to all sexual offenses, and the most severe physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and violence towards children and youth under 18 years in Toronto, Ontario. Boost CYAC also offers a number of direct services including, primary prevention, public education, trauma assessment, and therapy and court preparation for child witnesses.
Photos & Write Up by Susan Gibbins