August 19, 2022

Conestoga College’s Doon campus was buzzing on Wednesday for the Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI) annual Polar Plunge.

This was CSI’s 38th year hosting the plunge for a local charity and this year’s event was in support of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC).

“The donation will go directly towards supporting our wrap-around services for survivors of sexual violence,” said TK Pritchard, public education manager for SASC. “We have a significant waitlist and any support for the program helps. We are deeply grateful for the support of CSI and the Conestoga community. The funds raised will truly impact the lives of survivors in our community.”

Last year, CSI raised more than $3,000 for the KW Habilitation. It is not yet known how much money was raised from this year’s event. Spectators were also treated with a live DJ performance and a free hot chocolate and snack bar inside The Venue.

Despite the extra frigid temperatures and a low turnout, several participants risked hypothermia to raise money for the cause. Among those who took the plunge were Chris Doran and Sandra Shelley from Paladin Security, three members of the CSI’s board of directors and even CTV Kitchener reporter Stu Gooden.

Violence prevention educator Kasey Politano represented the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region at the 38th annual CSI Polar Plunge at Conestoga College on Wednesday. Photo by Terry Foster, Spoke News

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