They say when it’s New Years day, the Polar Bears come out and play. Well, this year was no exception, as mighty brave Singhs and Kaurs represented the Toronto Maple Sikhs at the Toronto Polar Bear Dip on Jan 1, 2011 in the frigid cold waters of Lake Ontario.
Bleeding Maple Leaf blue, the team had three goals, the first goal was to have more participants on the team this year and that was easily achieved when we more than doubled the size of our team to 24 dippers; the second goal was to have women participate and we had 6 Kaurageous ladies take the dip, they include Mandip Kaur Sandher, Swaranjit Kaur Sandher, Harmeet Kaur Rai, Amarjit Kaur Dhadda, Ramann Kaur Patara, and Kiran Kaur Rai; and finally the most important goal was to be the top fundraising team, and we more than achieved that by raising over $7000 in support of Habitat for Humanity Toronto to help raise funds to build affordable housing in Toronto for families living in need. In fact, we have raised over $10 000 the past two years in support of this worthy cause.
Some of the highlights of the dip included the presence of Lord Stanley, the Stanley Cup, Gurmit the imposter Hab, Gurpreet the no tabla in the water guy, Lakhdeep I live in Paneeloo (Waterloo), and the skippers instead of dippers – we know who you are.
Congratulations to all the dippers, especially the first timers, all the friends and family that sponsored the Toronto Maple Sikhs and those who came out to cheer us on in the rain and cold. We look forward to seeing you again on Jan 1, 2012!
Check out CP24 news coverage of the dip featuring some of the Toronto Maple Sikhs at: