Hundreds of spectators turned out Saturday to see daring, bighearted people get soaking wet and cold for a special cause. Some of them were bundled in polar fleece and wool caps. The 2020 Virginia Polar Dip, at Lake Anne in Reston, is an annual event to raise money for Camp Sunshine. It is a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
According to wtop.com, “Participants could jump in alone or in small groups; some were in costumes, others donned swimsuits, gingerly toeing the edge of a small floating dock before jumping into the water with flare. Each participant pledged to fund for their willingness to jump into a lake in the middle of winter. Many participants said they were pleased to experience the momentary discomfort of wet, biting cold to help children attend Camp Sunshine in Sebago Lake, Maine.”
As per wtop.com, “The largest fundraising team comprised 28 people from IronNet Cybersecurity, making a splash in small groups to raise nearly $7,000 for the cause. All participants jumped under the watchful eyes of five wet-suited members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dive Team, arrayed in the water in a semicircle. The organizers set a goal of raising more than $100,000 in the Virginia Polar Dip, which is needed to send 40 families from the mid-Atlantic states to Camp Sunshine.”