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Polar Bear Plunge benefits Hawaii's Special Olympians

Melissa Blake Melissa Blake
Special Olympian Jennifer Special Olympian Jennifer
Patricial Dornello Patricial Dornello

By Diane Ako - bio | email
and Duncan Armstrong

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Hawaii's own version of the Polar Bear Club took a dip in frigid waters today- right here in the tropics! Why would they jump into a freezing pool? To raise money for Special Olympics Hawaii.

Melting icecaps- right here on Oahu! Wheelbarrows of ice and more ice got dumped into the pool till it was 30 chilly degrees! Fifteen tons of ice. Melissa Blake of Special Olympics Hawaii pointed out, "They're going to have nice warm hearts because they raised about $20,000."

Special Olympian Jennifer smiled, "It's a great feeling!"

Under a beautiful, sunny sky hundreds of people lined up to dive in including our own Minna Sugimoto and this costumed character, Honolulu Police Officer Patricial Dornello. "Everyone's willing to donate money and jump into a freezing pool to help the athletes."

And after she went in we asked, How was it? "Freezing! I can't feel my legs!"

Officer Dornello is a Special Olympics coach, too. "It's great to see them come out every weekend to practice, and they're happy to see you. They call me , 'Coach! Coach! Coach!" I like that they get to be with people don't judge them."

A little cold, but these volunteeers were all freezin' for a reason! All the money raised in Hawaii helps this state's Special Olympians.

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