Revelstoke RCMP jump in lake for Special Olympics

C-c-c-cold fundraiser

Members of the Revelstoke RCMP took a chilly plunge for Special Olympics last weekend.

While still in uniform, Const. Joshua McCann and corporals Mike Esson and Thomas Blakney removed their gun belts and soft body armour to join other locals during the inaugural Polar Plunge.

The plunge was organized by Const. Josh Mccann, a longtime supporter of Special Olympics.

McCann has been working with the Special Olympics since 2009, before he joined the RCMP.

He coached snowshoeing, track and served as coach representative on the executive committee for the Tri-Con Gentle Giants Special Olympics Club in eastern Canada.

He continued his volunteer work with the Law Enforcement Torch Run events after he joined the RCMP in 2017, and was an integral part of bringing the LETR to the community where he was first posted, which happened to be Revelstoke.

Revelstoke is the first town to host such an event for Special Olympics in BC outside of Vancouver and Victoria.

McCann and Special Olympics BC set a goal to raise $5,000 during their inaugural event and were pleased when they surpassed their goal and raised almost $7,000 before any fundraisers even entered the waters of Williamson Lake.

McCann raised $2,000 himself.

“I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who helped promote and ensure our inaugural event was a huge success, especially to all those who took the plunge,” said McCann.

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