OXFORD — It was an unseasonably warm yet wet Sunday, as brave dippers big and small took a dip in the chilly Tred Avon River for the third annual Oxford Polar Dip, part of Camp Sunshine’s “Freezin’ For a Reason” campaign.
“We’re thankful that even after 11 years, we can still count on people to unpack their swimsuits each winter and take a quick dip into freezing cold water to support Camp Sunshine,” Michael Smith, development director at Camp Sunshine, said. “A couple seconds of cold are nothing in comparison to what Camp Sunshine families face on a daily basis. This is an easy way to help support your community and we hope to see a lot of new faces at this year’s event!”
There were 52 dippers that made their way into nearly 40 degree water on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Tred Avon Yacht Club. The dip was the fifth of nine dips planned across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with a goal of raising $250,000 in total. This is the eleventh year of the series and third year in Oxford.
Oxford’s participants raised more than $15,000, according to Kayley Walker, communication and event coordinator for Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc.
Over the past three years, Oxford’s dip has raised more than $44,000, which helps cover the cost for several Mid-Shore families to attend Camp Sunshine.
Camp Sunshine is a cost-free retreat on Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. While the camp itself is considered free for families, it takes $2,500 per family to cover the cost of all meals and accommodations, recreational opportunities, psychosocial workshops, and a 24-hour onsite physician.
At camp, they join other families on similar journeys and experience the benefits of empathy and encouragement, recovery and recreation, and hope and inspiration.
For more information about the annual dip or Camp Sunshine, visit www.freezinforareason.com.