What a fantastic kickoff to 2024!

What a fantastic kickoff to 2024!

Thank you for your support!

On Monday, January 1st, 2024, a vibrant crowd of a thousand people gathered at Lakeside Park in Nelson to joyously ring in the new year while also extending their support to Kootenay Co-op Radio and Friends of Kootenay Lake. 

An impressive 200 individuals fearlessly embraced the icy waters this year, marking a truly remarkable turnout. The participants, as always, represented a diverse mix of families, close-knit friend groups, and a noteworthy addition to our community spirit—members of the Nelson Leafs Team joined in the chilly festivities!

Thanks to your generosity, we’ve raised $7,000 so far, with the fundraising page open until January 31st.

Nelson Leafs Team

Amidst the exhilarating plunge, accolades are in order for our top fundraisers. Kathleen Cauley claimed the title of the Top Individual Fundraiser, amassing an outstanding $755. Her efforts earned her a well-deserved one-night stay for two, generously donated by our esteemed sponsor, The Sentinel in Kaslo. Following closely, Kim Bater secured the second position by raising an impressive $610 and received a $200 gift certificate donated by Relish Restaurant in Nelson. Cassidy Davidson clinched the third spot, showcasing his fundraising prowess with a total of $450, earning him two day passes graciously provided by Whitewater Ski Resort. Additionally, Marco Pringle’s commendable fundraising efforts of $325 secured him six day passes for the Nordic Ski Club. Last but not least, Cecelia Lindquist, securing the 6th position with a fundraising total of $150, was rewarded with a Kootenay Co-op Radio mug and a delightful supply of hot cocoa, courtesy of Viva Cacao.

“The Titanic and the Iceberg” clinched the title for Best Costume, stealing the spotlight with their creative ensemble. Special mention to the Starfish for setting the decorum; they won a $50 gift card from The Tickle Trunk in Nelson. Kudos to these imaginative participants!

This year witnessed a remarkable 16 teams and 59 individuals registering to raise funds, garnering support from a generous pool of 151 donors. The success of the Nelson Polar Bear Plunge owes much to the dedication of our 15 volunteers including Search and Rescue and EMS teams who played an integral role in orchestrating this event. A heartfelt thank you extends to our community sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible. Thank you to the Nelson Star, the Nelson Daily and Nelson Becker from What’s on Weekly for filming the event. See their coverage below.