Isaac McNeill, the product specialist at Heartland Ford, took part in Edmonton’s annual Polar Plunge.
The event this past Sunday (Jan.28) helps raise money for Special Olympics Alberta.
“It was very invigorating,” said McNeill. “The water was actually a lot warmer than the air itself. I walked around for 20 minutes before getting in the water in just my shorts to try and acclimatize myself.”
Around 175 plungers braved -18 C temperatures and raised over $70,000, McNeill raised $2,150 alone.
“I said whoever donates the most gets the joys of picking what I wear,” added McNeill. “They chose the lovely bright green Borat suit, the mankini as it’s called. Luckily, it was a family event so I had to have shorts on underneath.”
Special Olympics Alberta supports and gives opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Their goal is to inspire people and to better the lives of people with disabilities.
“I have a son who happens to have special needs,” said McNeill. “I thought I’ve sat back and watched my friends and ex-coworkers raise money for a great cause far too long, it’s time to actually take the plunge and do it myself.”
A video of Isaac McNeill’s polar plunge can be seen below.