Halloween lasted an extra day for around 50 Ōrewa Sea Scouts, who held their Polar Plunge fundraiser on Sunday, October 31.
It was a chance to get back into the trick or treating costumes and masks from the night before and then get them wet with a swim at Ōrewa Beach.
Around $4000 was raised by participants via online sponsorship.
Volunteer fundraising coordinator Emma Johnson says the funds are much needed and will be used for repairs to equipment and towards attending next year’s national regatta.
“Ōrewa Sea Scouts continued to offer scouting via Zoom during lockdown but did not charge the term fee, as many families are facing challenges,” Emma says. “Of course, this didn’t mean that the bills stopped, and the organisation’s finances have taken a severe hit.”
She says grant funding has also reduced or gone, so the team came up with the Polar Plunge.
Initially planned for August 30, lockdowns and Alert Level changes put it back twice – the advantage for swimmers was that the sea temperature was slightly less “polar”.