Freezing for a Reason for Special Olympics Ulster

 Have you always dreamt of taking a plunge in the freezing cold icy water of Newcastle Harbour? Well, now is your chance fro a good cause.

Glenn McBride and Michelle Coyne from Shimna Stars Special Olympics Club join Pete the Polar Bear as they prepare to get €˜Freezin’€™ for a Reason€™ for Special Olympics Ulster. The sports charity has announced details of its novel Polar Plunge fundraiser in Newcastle Harbour

Special Olympics Ulster has announced details of a novel fundraiser, which will take place at the Harbour in Newcastle, County Down on the morning of Saturday 15 December.

The ‘Polar Plunge’  will see up to one hundred people getting “Freezin’ for a Reason” by taking a plunge into the ice-cold harbour waters, with each ‘Plunger’ raising a minimum of £100 sponsorship for the privilege.

Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator for Special Olympics Ulster, Ronan McCay said: “The Polar Plunge will see around one hundred brave souls taking a plunge into the Irish Sea at the Harbour in Newcastle on Saturday 15 December. We are asking every participant to raise a minimum of £100 for the privilege, with every penny we raise being invested in the sporting programme we provide for our athletes.

“Volunteers and athletes from Shimna Stars Special Olympics Club, which is based in Newcastle, will be there on the day to encourage ‘Plungers’ into the water and to thank them for their kind support.

“All in all, it promises to be a fun, if challenging, fundraiser for our great cause. I would urge anyone interested in taking part to contact me as soon as possible to sign up.”

Anyone wishing to participate in the Polar Plunge, Special Olympics Ulster’s last fundraising event of the year, should contact Ronan McCay on 028 9089 2996 or at