With a growing participant list of over 170 South African celebrities, personalities, media and industry players who have committed to plunge, the 5th annual Special Olympics South Africa Polar Plunge marks the biggest since its inception in 2017.
With less than 7 days to go, the organization officially announced the ‘final’ list of plungers participating. Funds raised will support the 2021 Special Olympics South Africa (SOSA) National Team who will be competing in the 2023 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Russia. The Winter Games have been postponed to January 2023 due to pending wave 4 concerns globally.
The Polar Plunge is an annual Special Olympic South Africa fundraising event, which has received overwhelming support from media, celebrities and corporate South Africa over the past four years. Participants commit to taking the “plunge” into a pool with 5 tons of ice in it! Most participants also commit to a “plunge fee” which goes to SOSA for various programmes and initiatives in support of their living with an intellectual disability.
The event has received huge backing from media giant YFM, the biggest youth station in the country, over the past 3 years. This year YFM will once again support with 7 of their DJ’s taking the “plunge” – DJ Xtremme, DJ Fae Fae, DJ Flax, Petula El Kindiy, Lula Odiba, Lumko Johnson and Tshepi Mabulana. The station will also broadcast live at the 5th edition of the Polar Plunge taking place on Saturday, 18th September, at SOSA’s long standing supporter and partner Altitude Beach in Fourways.
The event will be MC’d by SOSA Ambassadors Kim Jayde and Sbu Shongwe and Award Winning Radio Presenter YFM’s own Lula Odiba.
Supporters keen to get involved and support their favourite “plunger” can donate online at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/2021-special-olympics
Sadly, due to the on-going restrictions, the event is not open to spectators. However, the 5th Annual Polar Plunge will be live-streamed on all Special Olympics South Africa social media platforms. Plungers will be staggered to adhere to the restrictions and a number of plungers that are not able to attend will be plunging remotely.