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January 30, 2014

Penguin Plunge participants to take icy dip

Residents hit the beach to support Special Olympics

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“You go out, you get wet,” Shumway said. “It’s not as bad as you think.”

She said many people get into the costume theme in a big way. She said she will mostly do the Zombie theme with her face makeup and hairstyle.

Londonderry will be represented once again with a team representing Matthew Thornton Elementary School, Moose Hill School and the community.

The Londonderry Special Forces team has 12 members. Team leader Lindsay Ross is an educator at Matthew Thornton and will make her seventh plunge. The team includes athletes, coaches, family members and other school staff.

“This year, we have several returning who continue to raise money and awareness of Special Olympics,” Ross said. “And I think this will be coldest temperatures to date, thanks to that polar vortex.”

Returning team members in addition to Ross include Kaffa Cote, Melissa Cote, Carla Cunningham, Laura Dunn, Kathy Horohoe, Julie Maloney, Mary McQueeney and Penny Webster.

Three new “plungers” on the team are Jarad Cote, Brandon Rugg and Doreen Stubbs.

“We are always looking to expand our team,” Ross said. “We always welcome any new penguins to our flock.”

Ross said past plunges have generated revenue for Londonderry’s Special Forces Special Olympics athletes. Since 2007, the Special Forces Penguin Plunge team has raised more than $35,000 for Special Olympics.

The group has raised $5,100 so far this year.

Londonderry High School will be represented at the beach this weekend, too.

Londonderry police Lt. Tim Jones will also be making another appearance at the beach.

“This will be my fifth plunge,” he said. “But I am not thrilled about the weather forecast.”

Ross said it’s all about helping the athletes.

“Our team this year is filled with amazing individuals who will be braving the waters all for the love of the athletes and the Special Olympics organization,” she said.

To learn more about the Penguin Plunge or to support a local team, visit sonh.org.

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