(Photo by Jay Wallace Images)

This past Sunday, dozens of Victoria residents flocked to Willows Beach to hit the water in February, and came out freezing but victorious.

The annual Vancouver Island Polar Plunge this year raised a total of around $40,000, with Victoria Police officers raising $21,000 under the leadership of Chief Del Manak.

Officers from multiple police departments and other law enforcement agencies were joined by individuals and teams to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC’s year-round health, youth, and sports programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

These funds will go towards supporting the organization’s high-quality programs and competitions for more than 5,200 athletes in 55 communities around the province.

This year’s overall funds raised surpasses last year’s event at which participants raised over $30,000.

Check out some photos of the event:

Dozens of officers from several different police detachments took an icy dip this morning at Willows Beach in Oak Bay. 🥶…

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Sunday, February 16, 2020

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Sunday, February 16, 2020

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for SOBC

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