Polar Dippers.

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FEBRUARY 9, 2008
I was enticed by a notice in the Scarborough Leader to go down to Pine Point Beach today to watch the fourth annual Polar Dip, a fundraising event sponsored by the Key Club at Scarborough High School. It was 34 degrees outside — downright balmy by Maine standards. I don’t know what the water temperature was. Having fallen through the ice on a couple occasions in my life, whatever it was would be “too damn cold” by my reckoning. But cheered on by family and friends, 60 brave souls were braced to take the plunge. Members of the Scarborough Key Club were joined by club members from Greenville and Sanford, as well as by a group from Massachusetts. An assortment of adults from in and around Portland was also in the mix. All were there to help raise money for Heifer International, a group that operates in 57 countries around the world. Its mission is to end poverty and hunger by providing livestock and by training communities in animal husbandry and farming. Every family that receives an animal agrees to pass on the gift of one or more of the animal’s offspring to another family in need. Key Club vice president Torrie Hazlewood had heard about the charity’s work and suggested that the club try to raise $5,000 in order to buy an “Ark,” which includes 15 pairs of assorted livestock, such as sheep, cows, pigs, and goats. At the time of today’s dip, the group had $4,000 in hand and hopes that by the time all pledges come in, they will have achieved their goal. The Key Club is the oldest and largest student-led community service organization in the US, and with 280 members the chapter at Scarborough High is one of the biggest in the country. They began doing the Polar Dip in 2004, raising funds that year for Tsunami Relief. Cold and crazy these teens may be, but with warm hearts all.

One Response to “Polar Dippers.”

  1. Beth Fitzgerald Says:

    Hey Kathy, Nice and blog website! Great job. Pictures had me cracking up! Hope to see you Thursday! Beth 🙂

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