Some would say I deserve to be all wet

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 03:50 PM.

Last year, the Havelock Police Department started a year-long campaign to raise money for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

I had the opportunity to cover a couple of these fundraising events, and I was able to cover the annual torch run through Havelock.

During that run, Havelock police jogged with the torch through town and provided an opportunity for Special Olympians right here in Havelock to hold and carry the torch during part of the run.

In the end, the Havelock Police Department, with the generous support of the community, exceeded its goal and raised $8,633 for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

This year, members of the department are at it again. The fundraising effort kicks off Jan. 26 with a Polar Plunge in the Walmart parking lot.

I had the chance to cover last year’s Polar Plunge and watched as about a dozen people jumped, walked or did cannonballs into the pool of water. The air temperature hit about 70 degrees that day, but the water was anything but warm. I interviewed one person who was shivering as she emerged from the water.

This is how the Polar Plunge will work. Residents and businesses can drop by the Havelock Police Department and make a donation in a particular officer’s name to jump in the cold pool of water, or they can just make a general donation.

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