Annual polar plunge in Newport goes virtual

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The annual polar plunge in Newport is going virtual this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of plunging into the cold ocean, “A Wish Come True” is asking people to dump a bucket of ice water on themselves and share the video on social media with the hashtag “#AWCTPolarPlunge.”

The ice-bucket challenge will run through the month of January and is not limited to just New Year’s Day, which is when the Polar Plunge normally happens.

Last year, 5,000 people took the plunge and raised $27,000.

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