Kamloops Mountie ready to take icy dip for a good cause

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A Kamloops Mountie plans to plunge into the icy depths of the Thompson River to support a good cause.

If he reaches his $2,000 fundraising goal, Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk will take the dip on March 7 in support of Special Olympics.

This year’s Virtual Polar Plunge will raise funds and awareness to support life-changing programs for people with intellectual disabilities. After the event, photos and video of Buliziuk’s feat will be posted online.

“The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC is an absolute blast — and we can’t wait to see participants from across British Columbia show their courage and creativity in this year’s virtual event,” Special Olympics BC President and CEO Dan Howe said.

“Taking the plunge is always an exhilarating experience and it is wonderful to see so many people having such a great time while supporting Special Olympics athletes.”

Pre-pandemic, participants would gather in large groups and charge into icy waves at Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC events in Vancouver, Victoria and Revelstoke. Due to the pandemic, Special Olympics BC supporters will be together in spirit, taking individual icy dips to support the cause.

"This group of amazing athletes needs support and we're in a position where we can do something to help, Buliziuk said. “This is a great opportunity for us to collectively give back to the communities many of us have served in all over B.C.”

To help Buliziuk make good on his pledge, visit the Special Olympics website and hit donate, then type in “Brandon Buliziuk.” Tax receipts will be provided for those donating.

Those who want to help fundraise by making their own splash can sign up and take the plunge by videotaping themselves jumping in the snow or an icy bath, running through a sprinkler or doing anything else that gets them cold and wet.

For more information, click here.

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Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week