Carbonear hospital polar dip a big hit for food banks

Published on April 10, 2017

From the left, Carbonear emergency room Dr. Christopher Patey, Maj. Wycliffe Reid from the Carbonear branch of the Salvation Army, and Registered Nurse Nicole Pitcher.

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CARBONEAR — A polar dip to help local food banks proved to more than worthwhile.

It wasn't an easy swim Feb. 4 at Salmon Cove Sands.
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Close to a dozen Carbonear General Hospital emergency room workers survived a cold and windy Saturday afternoon swim at Salmon Cove Sands in February of this year. The event raised money for two Conception Bay North food banks — The Salvation Army Food Bank in Carbonear and the Helping Hand Food Bank in Bay Roberts.

When all was said and done, over $7,000 was raised, exceeding a $5,000 goal organizers set for the first-year event.

On Monday, Maj. Wycliffe Reid of the Carbonear branch of the Salvation Army accepted a cheque for $3,590.75, with another cheque of equal value ready for the Helping Hand. Dr. Christopher Patey presented the cheque at the hospital and was joined by Nicole Pitcher, the Registered Nurse who came up with the original idea for the polar dip.


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Organizers intend to do it all over again in 2018.