PSNI OFFICERS TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ULSTER  AT BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

PSNI OFFICERS TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ULSTER  AT BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PSNI OFFICERS TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ULSTER 
AT BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) joined forces with hundreds of members of the public to get ‘freezin’ for a reason’ by taking part in a polar plunge in aid of Special Olympics Ulster.

The daring plungers jumped into a pool filled with over 4,000 gallons of ice cold water at Belfast International Airport with all funds raised helping to support over 2,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ulster.

The Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Brian Graham, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Will Kerr and Belfast International Airport’s managing director, Graham Keddie all got in on the action, which saw them take the idea of an ice-bucket challenge to the next level.

Similar events are taking place in locations across the Republic of Ireland, with An Garda Síochána officers also taking the plunge to support Special Olympics. 

Speaking at the event, Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said:

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland is proud to join our colleagues in An Garda Síochána and members of the public to take part in the Polar Plunge, which will help to raise vital funds to support local Special Olympics Ulster athletes.

“I am happy to have been able to join the plungers today, along with Belfast International’s Graham Keddie and the Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Brian Graham at this amazing event.  The PSNI help to raise funds and awareness of Special Olympics Ulster on an annual basis and I am delighted to support such a good cause.”

 

Belfast International Airport managing director, Graham Keddie added:

“We are proud to have partnered with the PSNI and Special Olympics to host the Polar Plunge. Belfast International Airport will be matching the money raised by its staff to donate to the charity, which provides sporting opportunities for 2,043 athletes with an intellectual disability in 92 clubs across the region.”

 

Shaun Cassidy, regional director, Special Olympics Ulster, said:

“The Polar Plunge event was a fun-filled day with plenty of familiar faces taking the plunge for Special Olympics. It’s a great way for local people to support our athletes all across the Ulster region. 

“Our special thanks go to the members of the PSNI, Belfast International Airport and the Mayor of Antrim – this event would not be possible without their valued support.” 

For more information or to donate to Special Olympics visit www.specialolympics.ie/ulster

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