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Jump In The Lake Challenge Raises Over $50,000 For New Coboconk Wellness Centre

KAWARTHA LAKES-The second annual Jump in the Lake Challenge on Saturday May 1 was an overwhelming success and raised over $50,000 the Wellness Centre in Coboconk.

“What an incredible weekend!”, said Jennifer Wilson, General Manager of the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce. “Almost 600 people made a donation. What an amazing out-pouring of support for this much-needed Wellness Centre for the under-served areas of Kawartha Lakes. The community has committed to raise $1 million to bring these services to the community, and, thanks to Dean Michel and Jenny Bacon, the founders and organizers of the Jump In The Lake Challenge, we are well on our way as we officially launch the community fundraising campaign this summer!”

Unlike organized Polar Bear dips that happen in one central location, the event promoted social distancing and took place off each participant’s dock, or waterfront location of their choice.

Over 35 participants jumped into eight different lakes, including Shadow Lake, several locations on Balsam Lake, Canal Lake, Head Lake and Four Mile Lake, Horseshoe Lake  and Kashagawigamog in Haliburton.

The new Wellness Centre will provide a hub for community health in the northern portion of Kawartha Lakes and will include doctors, after-hours care, physiotherapy, dental, a community meeting space and other complementary services that will benefit both full-time and seasonal residents.

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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