Marlborough Rotary Club holds Polar Plunge

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Marlborough Rotary Club holds Polar Plunge
Community members sprint toward the water. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

MARLBOROUGH – Dec. 17 was an unseasonably warm day – but the waters at Memorial Beach were still frigid. 

On the count of three, 20-plus brave community members plunged into the ice-cold water. Seconds later, the plungers were on the move again – shivering, yelling and running back to the beach to warm up. 

The Rotary Club of Marlborough hosted the bone-chilling event. The funds raised from the plunge will be used to fight polio. 

For the last 35 years, Rotary International has worked to eradicate polio from the world, protecting nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from the paralyzing disease. According to the organization, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9% since the start of Rotary International’s involvement in 1979. 

Each plunger donated $20. The funds got participants a long-sleeve shirt, a custom mug and some much-needed hot chocolate.

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