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Polar Bear Splash changes date due to extreme cold

Border City Connects 2nd annual Polar Bear Splash has moved dates from February 18, 2019 to March 9, 2019, due to expecting freezing temperatures.

All proceeds raised through the fundraiser goes towards operational costs for Border City Connects, formerly known as the Handivan Society. Its vehicles provide a means to get around for people with mobility issues in Lloydminster.

This year’s splash is the first ever celebrity splash. Director Glenn Fagnan says 25 locals have been invited to participate as splashers and raise money for Border City Connects. Participants include Mayor Gerald Aalbers and Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke.

“We have a wide spectrum of folks that are involved. What it really does is give the organization some credibility knowing that we got leaders in our community that are coming out and assisting us and those community members that are in need.”

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Fagnan believes the date change is positive for the event as the organization was in a time crunch installing new software for the fundraising. He says participants will also have more time to raise money.

“There is a couple of people who could not attend this Monday because they were away for the weekend. I think there will be some additional people getting in but hopefully, we will be able to retain all those who committed for February.”

Fagnan adds that last year the event raised around $18,000. He says this year they’re aiming to raise $40,000.

After talks with the RCMP, the organization decided to move the event to run in conjunction with the Battle of the Badges hockey game between the RCMP and the Fire Department. The event will take place at the Civic Centre on March 9th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Anyone who is looking to donate a splasher can head to Border City Connects website.

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