This year’s Polar Bear Dip in Oakville raised more funds than the last four years combined. The Dip, organised by Todd and Trent Courage, welcomed more than 500 supporters and 5,000 spectators at Oakville’s Coronation Park. It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip for World Vision. The proceeds of the event will help fund water projects in Rwanda and Tanzania.
The Courage Brothers’, along with 500 dippers and over 5,000 spectators, raised over $220,000 for water projects in Africa – enough to fund 2 water projects instead of just one.
“I’m speechless,” says Todd Courage. “Reaching $120,000, which is enough to complete one World Vision water project would have been amazing, but raising over $220,000 is beyond amazing – I can’t thank our sponsors, dippers, online givers and the media enough for helping us.”
“I’m so happy, I could almost cry right now,” says Trent Courage. “After visiting Rwanda this past summer and observing the tremendous need for clean water, and then seeing the difference in communities where donations to World Vision are at work, I am beyond ecstatic at what $220,000 will do for our brothers, sisters and friends in Africa. This isn’t just $220,000, it represents two communities that’ll have fresh clean water – clean water that will help prevent disease, keep children in school longer and provide families a better life.”
As a result of the increased amount of donations to the Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip this year, the event will be able to support both the Kahi Water Project in Rwanda and a second project in Tanzania. The funds will help a total of 22,000 people get fresh water (10,000 in Rwanda and 12,000 in Tanzania).
Congratulations to Todd and Trent Courage, the 500 supporters, 5,000 spectators and the sponsors who participated in the 2010 Polar Bear Dip for World Vision.