On Wednesday, May third, Unique Olympics Ontario reported the outcomes for the 2023 POLAR Dive for Extraordinary Olympics Ontario mission, and Boss Myron Demkiw has been perceived as the top individual pledge drive across the Territory, raising $36,160. Chief Jason Bellaire of the Windsor Police Service raised $35,150, beating out Chief Demkiw by a narrow margin. By and large, the 2023 Toronto Police Policing Run Polar Dive crusade raised an amazing complete of $73,156.
This year, on February 25 at Budapest Park, the in-person Polar Plunge resumed after a two-year hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the support of their friends and coworkers, Chief Demkiw led 120 brave plungers from several TPS fundraising teams into the freezing waters of Lake Ontario. The plungers raised funds for the campaign through online donations.
Over 2000 plungers participated in the campaign across the province, raising $850,000.01, a new provincial fundraising record, and significantly exceeding the 2023 campaign’s $500,000 target.
“I’m extremely proud to support the Toronto Police Service men and women who raised money for Special Olympics.” Chief Demkiw said, ” I believe that sport allows people to express themselves in a meaningful way and brings people together in harmony in a joyful setting. We are assisting 26,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ontario who are supported by this cause, and it has a tremendous impact. Chief Demkiw took a special plunge outside Scotiabank Arena in February, assisted by Toronto Maple Leafs mascot Carlton the Bear. Special Olympics athlete Erica and SOO mascot “Plungee” were also present. “To see the joy on the faces of the athletes at these events is incredibly gratifying, and we are delighted to be able to support them.”