Jumpers urged to take the ‘Delve in Twelve’

Press Release

Snow on the ground and ice on the lakes—it’s time to think “Polar,” as in “Plunge.”
The Fort Frances Voyageur Lions are hoping this year will see a new set of jumpers take a dip on New Year’s Day.
Already there are some eager people ready to dip for dollars. And just to make it more interesting, there is a new set of prizes to challenge fundraisers.
Anyone who raises more than $300 is eligible for the big prizes.
The top fundraiser will win a $500 value 3D Blu Ray Home Theatre System from Leon’s, provided by Samsung.
This set will enhance all home entertainment. Not only will it automatically optimize picture settings for the highest quality DVD video, it also will allow access to Internet content, and is iPhone and iPod ready.
The second-place fundraiser topping $300 will receive a $200 gift certificate from Canadian Tire.
Any other jumpers who raise more than $300 will be entered into a draw for $50 gift certificates from Canadian Tire.
Every participant receives a T-shirt, and there also will be prizes for individual and group costumes.
It’s hoped these new prizes will inspire jumpers to collect more pledges.
“The club has been pleased with the number of jumper in the past few years; now it’s time to increase the pledges,” noted Lion Jim Martindale, who is chair of the “Polar Plunge.”
The Fort Frances High School Sports Association, the Fort Frances Aquanauts, the Sunset Country Squash Club, Dancemakers, the FFHS art students, the youth group from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the new FFHS Travel Club already have picked up kits.
The usual individuals will be back, too. Voyageur Lions’ jumpers will include Dale Gill, Bill Michl, and Martindale.
As well, members from the Emo and District Lions Club once again will challenge the jumpers from the Voyageur Lions.
Meanwhile, the usual assortment of individuals with dubious mental faculties will assemble for the annual leap into Sand Bay behind La Place Rendez-Vous.
Maureen Hahkala is sure to surprise with another great costume while Fort Frances Coun. Andrew Hallikas also is considering another New Year’s refresher.
Others are expected to emerge from the snowdrifts as we get closer to the date.
Ever optimistic, the Voyageur Lions are looking for 75 jumpers this year. So it could get a little crowded on the ice!
Once again the challenge is to beat the take from 2011. Last Jan. 1, 71 jumpers raised just over $14,000.
Can we make $20,000 this year?
This annual fundraiser is a partnership with any youth-oriented organization or group that wants to put its members into the lake, with half the net proceeds raised by member jumpers going back to the group.
The Voyageur Lions use the funds to support local and regional projects, such as the Vision Care Centre in Thunder Bay and the Lions Eye Bank and Medical Assistance Program in Winnipeg.
For those who want to brave the frigid waters of Rainy Lake, pick up pledge sheets at the IPC Securities office on Scott Street or at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Packages for groups also are available by calling Martindale at 274-7829.
Groups are reminded to submit preliminary information to Martindale by Dec. 15 to facilitate the organization of groups on the actual day of the jump.
And also so that names of groups can be used in promotion, both for the group to collect pledges and for the Voyageur Lions to challenge others.
For more information, contact the IPC Securities office (274-2710) or Martindale.