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Come one, come all to the 2012 KLHF Polar Bear Dip

There were even a few costumes during the 2011 Polar Bear Dip. — Bruce Fuhr file photo

Now that Santa has come and gone, it’s time for Nelsonites to focus on the next big event — and no, it’s not New Year’s Eve.

Push ahead one more day to New Year’s Day and the annual Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Polar Bear Dip into Kootenay Lake.

The Foundation welcomes all of Nelson’s swimmers and floaters, young and not so young, to take the plunge for health, personal pride, and appropriately, to raise money to support surgical services at our local hospital with the purchase of an Insufflator, camera system and three high definition monitors.

The starting gun is slated to go off at high noon for swimmers eager to bring in 2012 with a splash.

Spectators and participants can warm up by purchasing hot chocolate and even hotter chili starting at 11:30 a.m.

While the Foundation gladly provides the warm snack, in turn, they welcome the environmentally conscious. Please feel free to bring your favorite washable bowl, mug, and spoon.

Pledge forms for the Polar Bear Dip can be found at the front desk of Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, as well as at