Crazy New Year's Day Polar Plunge

Jan 3, 2015
While some of us slept off a late New Year's Eve night, thousands of wacky people around the world started 2015 with a splash. A freezing cold splash. A tradition that spans the globe, people from from Hague, Netherlands, Rome, Italy, Berlin, Germany, New York City, and others, gathered to show winter weather who's boss by plunging into the cold ocean waters.

Referred to as the polar bear plunge, people of all ages participate for a variety of reasons. Some for fun, on a dare or to help charity. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club, founded in 1903, sponsors New Year's Day swims which raise money for Camp Sunshine.

Camp Sunshine provides support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child's illness. This year, they raised $50,000. A heart-warming end to a bone-chilling event.
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