On New Years Day 2011, both Mrs. Meridian, Beverly Hartle and Mrs. Boise, Lindsay Campbell took the plunge in the Great Polar Challenge that takes place each year at Lucky Peak Reservoir in benefitting the Make-A-Wish Idaho.
More than 200 people participated in the challenge this year raising over $30,000 which benefits up to 6 children suffering life-threatening illnesses. With the wind chill in the -15 range, many ran into the icy water just enough to plunge and run out, however there were some that brought boats and took to waterskiing. With ice forming on the shoreline and steam rising from the water, the countdown began and there was shreaks and shrills as we entered the lake and quickly exited barely able to move as the numbing quickly kicked in.
Facing a challenge such as this for just a brief moment in time was symbolic in the everyday trials these children are suffering with.
What a wonderful way to start the New Year by participating in an event to support these children in fulfilling their dreams. It was crazy, intense, exciting but rewarding in knowing we have helped put a smile on a child's face..even just for a little while.