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Jump in the Lake Challenge raises over $25,000 for Coboconk and Haliburton food banks

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On May 4, the fifth annual Jump in the Lake Challenge (JILC) was held, which raised over $25,000 for local food banks in Coboconk and Haliburton.

The event had participants jumping into the cold early May waters from their own docks or local piers to raise much-needed funds to battle hunger in the community.

“We continue to be amazed how our community has embraced what has now become a fun, annual event,” says JILC founder, Dean Michel. “When you combine brave individuals and generous donors, good things happen to make a difference in people’s lives”

Coboconk and Area Food Bank chairperson, Amy Alfredsson, who jumped into a frigid Balsam Lake herself, notes that the food bank would not exist without generous community support.

“What a generous and supportive community we live in,” Alfredsson, comments. “With more than $20,000 in cash and food donations collected and more still coming in, the JILC has provided the funds to pay for meat purchases for almost an entire year.”

She adds, “The funds raised and the food collected will go a very long way in feeding our CAFB families. Thank you for your participation in and donations made to the Jump in the Lake Challenge again this year.”

In its five years running, the JILC has raised over $175,000 for the local community.


Photo: Dean Michel dressed as a Jedi in honour of Star Wars Day


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