Several Abbotsford citizens and athletes have participated in the SOBC’s Polar Plunge fundraiser campaign. (Facebook photo)

Several Abbotsford citizens and athletes have participated in the SOBC’s Polar Plunge fundraiser campaign. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford residents taking the Polar Plunge for SOBC

Local Michelle Hill jumping into Albert Dyck Park on Saturday, several others also taking part

An Abbotsford mother is taking a plunge at Albert Dyck Park on Saturday (Feb. 27) for a good cause.

Michelle Hill is set to participate in the Special Olympics BC’s virtual polar plunge to help support SOBC.

The polar plunge event runs from Feb. 20 to March 7 at locations all across the province. The event is designed as a fundraiser for SOBC, as many of the organization’s programs and sports have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Money raised during the campaign will be used to help SOBC find creative and safe ways for local athletes to continue to train and compete.

Hill is planning to enter the chilly waters at around noon and was motivated to do it as her daughter, who is 10 years old and is just beginning her time with SOBC, has a rare chromosome duplication called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. Feb. 28 is also Rare Disease Day.

“We look forward to many more years of sport,” she said. “I hope with this fundraising they will be able to resume more of their in-person sports over the coming months.”

Hill said she set a goal of $300, but has more than quadrupled that amount so far. She hopes to raise over $1,500 by the end of the campaign on March 7.

Several other Abbotsford SOBC athletes and citizens have already done the plunge and posted it on social media.

For more on the event, visit specialolympics.ca/polar-plunge-special-olympics-bc.

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