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Mid-Winter Dip 2014

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Pint-sized pirates ply Plimmerton plunge - by Andrea O'Neil Dominion Post
Lily-livered are ye? Plimmerton Kindergarten pupils Conrad Jones, Bronson Martin and Flynn Croasdale, all 4, challenge the community to take an icy plunge at the kindy’s fundraising Midwinter Dip this month.

Mid winter madness: Crowds brave the chilly waters of Karehana Bay for the annual mid winter dip. Photo: Ross Giblin

Chilly challenge for midwinter dippers story by Rhiannon McConnell Kapi-Mana News 24 June 2014, pg 1.

Record numbers braved southerly winds for the Plimmerton Kindergarten midwinter dip on Sunday.

Co-organiser Megan Krishnan said the target of $10,000 was exceeded - enough to finally finish the kindergarten's outdoor space, which will include an area of astroturf.

Krishnan said $40,000 had been raised over the past four years.

All up the work was expected to cost the kindergarten $48,000. Work on the outdoor space will start next month. "It has been a long road to get there, but we are really thrilled," she said.

She said about 450 people turned up and 130 actually dipped. "It was pretty cold with that southerly. It had a bit of a bite to it."

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Mana MP Kris Faafoi were among the dippers. One of the more memorable costumes was two people dressed as a camel. "Apparently it was quite difficult to dip," Krishnan said. And of course, there was no shortage of frozen princesses.

It's kinda cold raising cash for kindy

Outdoor area for Plimmerton kindy in sight


Midwinter swimmers taking a bracing dip at Plimmerton's Karehana Bay have helped to raise $10,000 towards construction of a new outdoor area for the beachside township's kindergarten.

Co-organiser Megan Krishnan said $40,000 had been raised for the kindy's outdoor area over the past four years, and yesterday's invigorating fundraiser had put the icing on the cake.

All up, the work was expected to cost the kindy up to $48,000, she said.

"We are expecting work to get under way in July. There's excavation work to be done, new astro-turfing to be laid, new climbing equipment, swings and fences, and some exciting retaining work to be done."

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Mana MP Kris Faafoi were among the 130 hardy midwinter bathers.

The swimmers were dressed in fancy dress gear, conventional togs and wetsuits as they braved the cool, southerly breeze.

The $10,000 raised yesterday came mainly from pre-arranged raffle buyers and donors.

About 350 people also ventured down to the seaside to watch the young and the brave water rats dunk, duck and dip.

One group of young people appeared totally immune to the chilly waters.

After 30 minutes an announcement went out on the public address system asking them to leave the water - as their parents wanted to go home.

- The Dominion Post



Last Updated: 26/06/2014 3:46pm