Rotary District 7930 will hold its 8th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 3rd, at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime.
Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 300 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $120,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a half-million dollars with this event.
Registration is now available. Please remember that friends, families, and Interactors are welcome to join us! "Virtual plunging" is always an option as well for those who want to support fundraising efforts, but not go into the water. Each dollar will be again matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!
Register for the plunge up here: Polar Plunge Registration
Contact with questions: Kristin Noon at
Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were suffering from polio. Today, there are two countries awaiting eradication - Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nigeria marked a year without a new case just this past September and was removed from the endemic list.
This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians and friends raise toward eradication efforts. A 60-cents donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support Gloucester Rotarians as they brave the icy waters to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The goal for the plunge is $125,000. Help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease!  Make a donation now!
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You can make a pledge or even join the plunge team. Help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease!