CALGARY – Dozens of courageous Calgarians rang in the new year Friday with a chilly dip in frigid waters.
Close to 60 people took part in the Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip at the Elbow Valley Residents Club.
Another 120 spectators took in the annual event organized by Old Guys in Action, a group of daring Calgarians who plan a number of outdoor adventures each year to raise money for charity.
WATCH: Global’s Gary Bobrovitz joined in on the New Year’s Day fun as he took part in the Polar Plunge.
The event also featured a silent auction and a visit from Breaker the Bear.
“It’s the best cure for a New Year’s Eve hangover”
“It will take your breath away,” said organizer Ross Weaver. “You’ll go in looking apprehensive, a little concerned about what’s about to happen. You’ll come out with a smile frozen on your face.”
Organizers said they expect to raise more than $50,000 for Servants Anonymous, which helps set up long-term recovery programs for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in countries around the world.