Time for the third annual Arthur Polar Bear Plunge! This year, our kids have chosen to raise funds to help save our bee population.
One in every three bites of food we eat depends on bees and other pollinators. But bees are dying—an alarming 40 percent of honeybee colonies collapsed from spring 2017 to 2018, and more and more of our 4,000-plus species of wild bees, like the rusty patched bumblebee, are edging toward extinction.
All funds raised will go to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), which works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We will request that the donated funds to go toward bee protection efforts. NRDC has the highest possible rating on CharityNavigator.org, which means the donations they receive are used efficiently and effectively.
Each kid who completes the swim will receive a handmade medal, high-fives, a dip in the hot tub, hot chocolate, and snacks. One "swim" for this event means you start from the steps of our pool, swim across to the deep end, and back to the steps. Kids can then get in the hot tub to warm up, dry off and come inside, or do another swim if they wish!
- The kid who raises the most funds on Crowdrise
- The kid who finishes the "swim" (all the way across the pool and back) first after the initial "GO!"
- The kid who completes the most "swims" across the pool and back
We will begin gathering at our house at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 2. The actual swimming event will begin at 3:30pm, so please arrive before then so your child has time to change if necessary. Our address is 630 W Clover Dr in Memphis.
Grown-ups are welcome to take the plunge, too! We'll go in a separate wave after the kids. There will be plenty of "liquid courage" if you need it. ;-)
The weather forecast currently says it will be 58 degrees. Not so polar! We'll make sure the pool water is at least 50 degrees, and the hot tub will be nice and toasty.
Your sign-up for this campaign on Crowdrise serves as your RSVP for the event, so please sign up ASAP. Once you join the campaign, you can pledge an amount to donate, and then you can share the link for your donation page to family and friends so that they can help out and support your child's participation. Funds pledged on Crowdrise go directly to the NRDC after the event.
Read more about NRDC and why we need to SAVE THE BEES here: https://www.nrdc.org/save-bees