Corporate leaders, workplace teams, wildlife lovers and adventure-seekers gathered on the shore of Lake Ontario and dared to dip into its frigid waters last week to help conserve Canada’s Arctic for wildlife such as polar bears, narwhals and bowhead whales that depend on the sea ice for survival.
If running into a freezing lake in the middle of the winter wasn’t enough, more than 100 dippers raised over $30,000 for WWF-Canada’s Arctic conservation work. Here are the Top 10 highlights.
10. The stylish dippers from Fairmont Royal York and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts made the chilly plunge look like a tranquil experience. With $5,000 raised, they are the top fundraisers so far.
9.Blue Ant Media’s army of 15 dippers was the largest polar dip team to brave the freezing waters.
8. Dippers from Riddle Room made an impression with their wild outfits.
7. Canadian band USS warmed up for WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature by getting a little cold for Arctic species.
6. Been there, done that. Veteran dipper Frances Edmonds, head of sustainability at HP Canada, has done the dip with her team every year.
5. Passionate wildlifers and WWF’s youngest polar dippers, Jarvis and Ella, don’t look worried before the dip.
4. Tyler Mifflin, one half of The Water Brothers and a WWF-Canada Water Ambassador, stayed submerged long after other dippers had dried off, having honed his polar dip skills in Canada’s Arctic. To see the action unfold, check out this amazing 360 video of Tyler’s dip experience.
3. Corporate executives led by example, blazing the beachy trail with their teams. Hats off to Fairmont vice-president of brand Jane Mackie; Bullfrog vice-president of sales and marketing Anthony Santilli; Love Nature executive producer Craig Colby; Hewlett Packard Enterprise head of legal Jim Vibert; WWF-Canada’s own chief financial officer Gail Cosman and board member Lloyd Bryant.
2. Not only did team Bullfrog dip, they helped make the event even more sustainable by powering it.
1. Since WWF-Canada’s first Polar Dip four years ago, you’ve raised more than a quarter million dollars in support of Arctic conservation efforts. Thank you to the corporate champions and other participants who helped make WWF’s Polar Dip a success.
— WWF-Canada (@WWFCanada) March 1, 2017
Are you inspired by these courageous dippers and looking to make a difference in 2017? Register for WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature on April 8 and 9.