A cold plunge, but well worth the shivers

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

Because I took pictures of everyone else, I was the last to make the leap. And after hearing it from the crowd and my fellow plungers, I took a leap and landed with a splash.

I popped up and tried my best to quickly exit the water. As I emerged, I grabbed my towel and my brother met me by the pool.

I thought: "How nice. My brother came out to support me." Instead, he offered me an ice cream bar. He’s not one to let the opportunity of a good ribbing go by, but I couldn’t help but laugh — and shiver.

Honestly, the cold really didn’t hit me until I had dried off enough and headed to my truck for the ride home. I eventually got in a hot shower to get warmed up.

Ten of us went into the water, and through the support of friends and relatives, about $1,300 was raised for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

The Havelock Police Department will continue to raise money for the Special Olympics with various events throughout the year, and its officers and staff will participate in the annual torch run — in the spring, when it will be much warmer.

The next fundraiser is a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise in New Bern. If you’re interested in a nice dinner, boat ride — and a much warmer alternative to raising money for the Special Olympics — you can call the Havelock Police Department at 447-3212.

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