Jump in the Lake challenge

By Lindsay Advocate

For the fourth straight year, residents in the Coboconk area will be jumping in the lake in support of the Coboconk and Area Foodbank. The fourth annual Jump in the Lake Challenge takes place Saturday May 6 at 2 pm.

Since 2020, over 100 participants and generous donors in this exciting annual event have raised over $125,000 for our local community, according to a media release. This year’s goal is $25,000.

Unlike organized Polar Bear dips that happen in one central location, this event takes place off each participant’s dock or waterfront location of their choice.

This year’s Jump in the Lake Challenge will be dedicated to fighting hunger in our community. Donations are going to support the Coboconk and Area Food Bank (CAFB). The CAFB supports the communities of Norland, Kirkfield and Coboconk and surrounding areas.

According to CAFB chairperson, Amy Alfredsson, food bank use in our area has more than doubled in the past 18 months and continues to increase monthly with more and more families accessing CAFB services.

“With the increase in food prices, and the increase in client numbers, our food costs are the highest they have ever been,” said Alfredsson. “We are 100% volunteer operated so money donated goes mainly to food and supplies. We appreciate your much needed support!”

To join the challenge as a participant or donor click “get involved” at: kawarthalakeside.com

“The Jump in the Lake Challenge embodies community spirit. Year after year we are absolutely thrilled with how such a small action by a number of people has the ability to transform and inspire a small community,” said organizer Dean Michel. “And despite the cold water, it’s a lot of fun for a fantastic cause.”

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