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Many take 'round-the-clock plunge for good cause

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 17 2014 04:12:28 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 18 2014 06:43:55 AM CST

Polar plunge today

EASTON, Pa. -

If you think it's cold outside now, just imagine jumping in cold water in this weather.

The 2nd annual Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics kicked off Friday with the "Super Plunge."

The "Super Plunge " is a group of people  plunging into a pool of icy water every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours

Are they crazy? Maybe. Do they have big hearts? Definitely It may look crazy.

"I am going to plunge 24 times in 24 hours," said Amy Pidgeon.

But these people are freezin' for a reason.

 "Yesterday, I turned 60, so I decided to say thank you. I wanted to do something special," said Bambi Sampson.

They are known as super plungers -- average Joe's and Jane's who raised more than $1,500 each for Special Olympics and who, for 24 hours, become the Seal Team Six of polar plungers.

Some plunge in like torpedoes, while others are a little more timid.

Either way, the super plungers will be at it 'round the clock until the main event at noon Saturday in Scott Park in Easton.

Special Olympics expects more than 550 people to plunge, with a fundraising goal of $120,000.

"This is how we fund raise for our whole year of events and everything that we provide to the kids Special Olympics is totally free there is no cost to them," said Amanda Sechristm, director, Northampton County Special Olympics.

You can register to plunge Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Scott Park. The cost is $50.