Nothing says “Happy New Year” like a nice dip in the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. The annual Polar Plunge will be held on January 1st, 2014 at 12pm at Easton’s Beach. The Newport Polar Bears welcome anyone who wants to brave the Atlantic in the winter. At this event, money is raised for A Wish Come True, a Rhode Island Charity that grants wishes to children suffering from life threatening illnesses.
A Wish Come True was started in 1982 by Rosemary Bowers, who wanted to make the lives of children suffering from severe illnesses a little brighter. The mission of this charity is to, “grant every medically qualified child (ages 3 to 18) one memorable wish.” In their first year, they granted 12 wishes and have increased that number to about 3 or 4 wishes per month. A Wish Come True have completed over 1400 wishes since its start.
The Polar Plunge is a great way to kick off the New Year. It is sure to be a great time for everyone, no matter if you brave the icy Atlantic or not.