Plungers Brave Chilly Waters for Cape Charities

KA_New Year's Polar Plunge 2016_010116098YARMOUTH – Take it from one 90-year-old Yarmouth Port resident who’s participated in Polar Plunges for 6 straight years:

“It’s invigorating; you feel wonderful.”

Irene Holmes was one of hundreds who took a dip at beaches in Yarmouth, Barnstable Village, Bourne, Cotuit, North Falmouth and Provincetown on New Year’s Day to support local charities such as the Bourne Food Pantry and a Mashpee family whose 14-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Holmes had just recently celebrated her 90th birthday on December 28th and said she saw the plunge as a great opportunity to keep a youthful lease on life.

“When you do this, you feel good, and you feel younger for sometimes 3 or 4 weeks,” Holmes said. “So try it!”

KA_New Year's Polar Plunge 2016_010116118Director for the Cape MSPCA Mary Sarah Fairweather said the trick is to get swept away by the excitement of the crowd.

“With all the momentum of the crowd, you really don’t feel the cold, and once you get in, the water temperature is warmer than outside,” she said.

Other beneficiaries from the day’s plunges include the Friends of the Yarmouth Council on Aging, Barnstable Fire Captain Ed Guilford and Liz Glennon who are being treated for brain tumors and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Ever wonder what it’s like to take the plunge?

That Girl Cat Wilson of Cape Country 104 took the plunge and recorded it with her GoPro! Check it out!

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