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Carbonear hospital ER staff take a cold dip for food banks

Brad Hunt, a registered nurse who works in the Carbonear hospital’s emergency room, is one of the organizers for a polar dip to aid local food banks.
Brad Hunt, a registered nurse who works in the Carbonear hospital’s emergency room, is one of the organizers for a polar dip to aid local food banks.

If you decided to go for a dip in the ocean this time of year, there’s a chance your next destination would be the emergency room at Carbonear General Hospital.

Well, ER staff are set to soon take a dip in those chilly, chilly waters, but it’s all for a good cause.

Billed as ICED 2017, the polar dip is happening Saturday, Feb. 4 at the beach in Salmon Cove will support the Salvation Army’s food bank in Carbonear and the Helping Hand food bank in Bay Roberts.

“We’ve got a good team here, I must say,” said Brad Hunt, a registered nurse originally from Harbour Grace who now lives in Bay Roberts. “They’re a good crowd to work with and they’re all for the community events and helping out the community.”

Well, ER staff are set to soon take a dip in those chilly, chilly waters, but it’s all for a good cause.

Billed as ICED 2017, the polar dip is happening Saturday, Feb. 4 at the beach in Salmon Cove will support the Salvation Army’s food bank in Carbonear and the Helping Hand food bank in Bay Roberts.

“We’ve got a good team here, I must say,” said Brad Hunt, a registered nurse originally from Harbour Grace who now lives in Bay Roberts. “They’re a good crowd to work with and they’re all for the community events and helping out the community.”

Hunt credits his colleague Nicole Pitcher for being the first to bring up the idea out of the blue.

“The food banks came to mind because, of course, working in emergency you see a lot of people who are in need, and the colder months are the hardest months,” he said.

The group has a target of $5,000 set for this year’s dip, which may become an annual event.

They’ve managed to get a few businesses on board with the project, and the Trinity-Conception-Placentia Health Foundation is also lending a hand providing tax receipts for donors.

Shelves at ta food bank.

The team collecting pledges includes a large group of nurses, doctors and paramedics.

“With regards to going in the water, we actually probably have got about 10 or so,” said Hunt, who will be among those braving the oh-so-cold ocean.

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A beach fire and warm-up will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Salmon Cove, with the polar dip set up 3:30 p.m. Afterwards there’ll be a post-challenge celebration.

People interested in making a donation can contact the Trinity-Conception-Placentia Health Foundation at 945-5289 or send an email to ICEDCGH2017@gmail.com.

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