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.
Residents are also encouraged to come out to the plunge, make their donations in person and watch all of the chilling festivities unfold.
But here’s the kicker. Residents can also participate in the plunge. Registration is set to begin at 1 p.m., and any resident who wants can take the plunge for a $25 donation. Naturally, the department hopes residents who plan to participate will get their own sponsors and raise more than the $25, but that is the minimum amount to participate.
At 2 p.m., all you have to do is pay the $25, sign a waiver and you can hop in the pool with the rest.
That got me thinking. I enjoy the pool and the beach as much as anybody. I’ve lived around water my whole life, here in North Carolina, in California and in Hawaii. Why not take the plunge?
So, here is the deal: I’ll agree to throw myself into a pool of cold water in the dead of winter if Havelock News readers will support me in the effort. I’ll take the plunge if readers will make donations totaling at least $100 by Jan. 25. Any individual amount will be accepted.
You can simply drop off donations at the Havelock News office, located at 230 Stonebridge Square. If you have checks, make them payable to the North Carolina Special Olympics. Checks can be mailed to our office as well by sending them to me at the Havelock News, P.O. Box 777, Havelock, NC 28532. The big thing would be to mail them in time so that they arrive at our office by Jan. 25.
Many of you readers over the years have said that I’m all wet. Now is your chance to prove it. And what’s more, you’ll be supporting a great cause in the Special Olympics.
Ken Buday is the editor and general manager of the Havelock News. He can be reached at 444-1999 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.