WARWICK, RI – A Want Come True is making its seventeenth annual Polar Plunge at Easton Seaside in Newport a digital occasion this 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
As an alternative of plunging into the ocean, A Want Come True is asking plungers to dump a bucket of ice water on themselves and share a video of it on social media platforms like Fb and Instagram with the hashtag #AWCTPolarPlunge. The occasion was impressed by the Ice Bucket Problem made widespread by former Boston Faculty baseball participant Peter Frates who misplaced his battle with ALS in 2019.
Annually, the Polar Plunge has drawn hundreds of plungers to lift funds for A Want Come True, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts’ oldest wish-granting group for kids dealing with life-threatening sicknesses. It is likely one of the group’s largest fundraisers. Final 12 months, about 5,000 folks took the plunge, elevating $27,000.
The seventeenth Annual Ice Bucket Problem shall be operating all through the month of January, not simply on the first, when the Polar Plunge normally occurs. A Want Come True additionally asks that plungers point out of their video who they’re plunging for, and likewise to problem household and buddies to take part to unfold consciousness of the digital fundraiser and lift funds for this particular trigger.
Donations may be made on A Want Come True’s Simply Giving web page, https://www.justgiving.com/awishcometrueinc, or on Venmo @AWishComeTrue. Extra data on the sponsorship ranges may be discovered right here.
Some people should want to do the Polar Plunge on the seashore on their very own. Despite the fact that A Want Come True is not operating the occasion resulting from COVID-19 crowd restrictions, they welcome any donations from these people as effectively.
Mary-Kate O’Leary, Government Director of A Want Come True, stated that every one donations enable A Want Come True to satisfy needs for kids with life-threatening sicknesses. Typically, A Want Come True sends households to theme parks like Disney World or on journeys to locations like New York Metropolis.
“It’s a wanted break for the households as a result of they’re consistently apprehensive about their medical points. They’re consistently going to medical doctors’ appointments,” O’Leary stated. “It brings them hope.”
There are quite a few sponsorship alternatives accessible to assist this occasion and to satisfy the want of an area little one of their neighborhood. The sponsor’s title/brand shall be shared with over 5,000 folks and shall be featured on all promotional and advertising supplies, together with A Want Come True’s web site, social media and in video communications. Anybody all for changing into a sponsor is requested to contact Mary-Kate O’Leary by e mail email@example.com.
Two of the various youngsters who will profit this 12 months are Kaiden and Nathan.
Kaiden is 4-years-old and is from Fall River. He was identified with a uncommon genetic dysfunction in 2019, which causes irritation that damages his immune system, very important tissues, and organs. Kaiden lately obtained stem cell and bone marrow transplants and spent many of the 12 months in Boston Youngsters’s Hospital. Kaiden’s want is to go together with his household to Give Youngsters the World and Disney World in Florida.
Nathan is 4-years-old and lives in Wakefield. He was identified with most cancers in 2019 and has spent months at Hasbro Youngsters’s Hospital for surgical procedures and different remedies. He’s wanting ahead to the tip of his remedies initially of 2020 and hopes to additionally go together with his household to Give Youngsters the World and Disney World in Florida.