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Hardy souls urged to sign up for Belfast's Polar Plunge in aid of Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ulster is calling on people from Belfast and beyond to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye 
Jennifer Maloney

SPECIAL Olympics Ulster is calling on people from Belfast and beyond to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December by participating in their coolest fundraising event of the year.

Belfast’s Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the marina behind the SSE Arena from 11am.

A similar event will also be held at Rathmullan Strand in Co Donegal on December 10 from 1.30pm.

Last year, hundreds of people including families, sports clubs, businesses and individuals turned out in force – many in festive fancy dress - to take part in this unique fundraising event, bravely plunging into icy cold waters.

Special Olympics Ulster now making one final call for potential plungers to come forward and register for the event to help raise funds for the organisation and its athletes.

The sports charity is gearing up to send 26 athletes to Austria next March, enabling them to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.

"The Polar Plunge is a freezing but fun event, which we hope the people of Belfast and beyond will get behind, Special Olympics Ireland’s Ulster regional director, Shaun Cassidy said.

"This special opportunity allows people to take part in a meaningful initiative during the season of good will. We would encourage everyone to sign up today to help raise funds for our inspirational athletes.”

Special Olympics Ulster provides sporting opportunities for over 2,000 athletes with an intellectual disability in 75 clubs across the region.

Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge.

Registration costs £15 with plungers asked to raise an additional £35.

The full £50 goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and competitions. Plungers who raise more than £50 will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge t-shirt.

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