UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to new COVID-19 regulations in place. This story will be updated again when the event is rescheduled.
A bunch of Chilliwack Realtors are gonna go jump in a lake.
And it’s all to raise money for charity.
The team from HomeLife Advantage Realty will be running and jumping into the chilly waters of Cultus Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 1 for Jump for Charity.
It’s not the first time they’re doing it either, it’ll be the fourth time in as many months.
The fundraiser is something “unique that is a lot of fun” and is a great way to raise money for various Chilliwack charities, said Realtor Kevin Brown.
Every month the Realtors are responsible for collecting donations of money or non-perishable food. Some of the charities that will be benefitting from it are Ruth and Naomi’s, Cyrus Centre, Chilliwack Salvation Army and the food bank.
“HomeLife Advantage Realty is a company who cares about improving the quality of life for members of our community. We want to help feed those in need as much as possible,” Brown said.
Now Brown and other Realtors at HomeLife are inviting the public to join them. There’s no registration, people simply pick any local charity and start raising funds and then show up on Dec. 1 for an icy dip.
They are encouraging both individuals and small businesses to jump with them.
“It’s a nice way to promote some awareness for both their business, and more importantly, the community and those who can benefit.”
The other great thing about diving into frigid water is it’s a great stress-reliever.
In the dark days of the pandemic, jumping into a cold lake is a good way for people to forget about work and their worries for a little while, said fellow Realtor Hanne Selby.
Jump for Charity takes place on the first Tuesday of the month and it started back in September when the water was much warmer.
“The water is progressively becoming colder of course,” he said, but “it makes the body and the mind feel great.”
The next Jump for Charity is on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. at Main Beach in Cultus Lake. Everyone is welcome, but people must stay physically distanced from each other.