A few years back I took my family to Roger Wheeler Beach on New Year’s Day. Why? So I could jump into the freezing cold water in support of The Special Olympics. The event, more commonly known as the Polar Plunge, is a tradition in many cities and towns on New Year’s Day. It signifies the start of a new year or perhaps to cleanse the stress and strain of the previous year and start anew. Or, like the event I participated in, it is a great community event to raise funds and awareness for local charities and organizations.
Once again, this New Year’s Day will have a Polar Plunge right here in North Kingstown. Our North Kingstown Town Beach has hosted several Polar Plunges over the years, and this year’s event is being run by the West Bay YMCA. Patricia Driscoll, Operations Director as West Bay and Kent County YMCA‘s, sent me a press release on the event and here is an excerpt with some helpful information:
The West Bay YMCA will host the January 1, 2016 Polar Swim at the North Kingstown Town Beach, 15 Beach Street in North Kingstown on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm. to help raise funds for Kingstown Crossings and the Y Financial Assistance program. The event is sponsored by Peregrine Property Management of Rumford, RI.
“At the YMCA we take our commitment to social responsibility very seriously. While the Polar Swim is a fun and visible event, it is also a wonderful way to show our commitment to families who need us,” says Anne Marie Beardsworth, member of the West Bay Y branch council, and chair of the event.
Brendan Kane, CEO of the Peregrine Property Management says, “Working with the Y to raise money for both Kingstown Crossings and the Y Financial Assistance program is a great way to start 2016. We are a Rhode Island based company that is committed to keeping Rhode Island families safe and healthy.”
Kingstown Crossings, a family supportive housing program operated by Crossroads Rhode Island, is designed to provide homeless or at-risk families with a safe, secure, and affordable place to live. Donations for Kingstown Crossings may be made out to Crossroads Rhode Island. The YMCA scholarship fund gives more children the opportunity to attend Y programs and day camp. Donations for this fund go directly to the West Bay Family YMCA.
“Teaming up with the YMCA,” says Jan Hall-Stinson of Kingstown Crossings, “helps us bring more focus to our efforts to provide the essentials every family needs to thrive in Rhode Island. And, having an event like the Polar Swim gives everyone in the community the chance to join in the fun.”
To join the Polar Swim register online at gpymca.org or in person at the West Bay YMCA, 7540 Post Road in North Kingstown. Cost is $10. Any swimmer who collects $50 in pledges for either Kingstown Crossings or the Y Financial Assistance program will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Additionally, the Y is collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly to donate to the North Kingstown Food Pantry.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how young you are – everyone is invited. Just remember to bring some sunscreen!
Peregrine Property Management can be found online at www.peregrinepm.com or by calling 401-270-0600
West Bay YMCA is located on online at www.gpymca.org and in person at 7540 Post Rd, North Kingstown.
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