Taking the plunge

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MORE than 300 people turned out to watch swimmers take to the chilly waters of Lake Te Anau for the 10th Te Anau School annual Polar Plunge on Sunday.

More than 80 swimmers took part in the event as well as several unofficial plungers who braved the chilly waters in solidarity.

The event was a fundraiser for Te Anau School’s Year 6 camp to Dunedin.

Polar Plunge committee representative Lisa Sadler said there was a fantastic team behind the event.

“The goal is that none of the families are faced with any form of financial burden for their child to attend the end-of-year camp.”

Fiordland Pharmacy sponsored prizes for Best Family Fancy Dress, which was won by the McElligot/Christie families and Best Dressed Student Plunger was awarded to Hunter Ledington.

Celebrity plunger Rosco Gaudin, of Milford Sound Kayaks (left), Te Anau School deputy principal Mark Hunter, Patrice McMurtrie (11) and celebrity plunger Dot McKay, of Fresh Choice.

Celebrity plungers including Dot McKay from Fresh Choice, Rosco Gaudin, of Milford Sound Kayaks, Tracy Braven, of Fiordland Kindergarten, a team from the Department of Conservation, Callum Bruce, from Te Anau Four Square, and Te Anau policeman Kris Dale accumulated more than $700 in pledges and donations. RD Petroleum also contributed $500.

“It’s a great example of what a fantastic community we have here that so many individuals and businesses supported the event, and huge thanks goes to everyone who has lent a hand,” Ms Sadler said.

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