Havelock takes a plunge for Special Olympics

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Lt. Brian Borton, of the Havelock Police Department, records himself on a waterproof camera as he jumps into a pool of water during the department's Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge on Saturday at the Walmart in Havelock.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 19:25 PM.

It may have been 38 degrees outside, but 10 people in T-shirts, shorts and bathing suits decided the weather was perfect for a swim as part of an effort to raise money for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

The Havelock Police Department held its Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge on Saturday at the Walmart in Havelock.

As onlookers wrapped themselves in coat and scarfs, members of the Havelock Police and Havelock Fire and Rescue departments took turns - one by one - jumping in a pool of water.

Ice still dangled from nearby pine tress as the participants took their leaps into the water, which was actually warmer than the air temperature at 55 degrees. As each one splashed down, cheer rose up from the crowd.

The participates exited the pool and wrapped themselves in towels. GBI Hobbies in Havelock brought out a covered trailer that included a propane heater, allowing the participants to step inside, get warm and change out of their cold clothes.

The event raised about $1,300 for the North Carolina Special Olympics, as each of the participants paid a $25 entry fee and solicited donations to take the plunge.

The event is one of several put on by the Havelock Police Department to raise money for the North Carolina Special Olympics. The campaign will continue throughout the year, and will include the traditional torch run through Havelock later this year.



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