More than 100 people braved the icy water of Kalamalka Lake at last year’s polar bear swim in aid of the Vernon-founded Zimbabwe Project. The swim takes place once again on New Year’s Day at Kal Beach in Coldstream.

Go jump in Kalamalka Lake

Second annual polar bear swim in Kalamalka Lake on New Year's Day aids the Vernon-founded Zimbabwe Project.

Kalamalaka Lake will be swimming with New Year’s Day revellers in aid of the Southern African nation of Zimbabwe.

More than 100 souls braved the icy water of Kal Lake on the Coldstream side last year to take part in the revival of the popular polar bear swim on New Year’s Day.

The event raised close to $5,000 for the Vernon-founded Zimbabwe Project.

Spearheaded by Vernon Curves owner Angela Yablonski, the Zimabwe Project is entirely volunteer driven so that all monies raised go directly to projects in Zimbabwe.

“Projects vary from village to village as individual needs present themselves, but the overall goal of the Zimbabwe Project is to help communities become self-sustaining through raising pigs, poultry, gardening, sewing, carpentry and other projects,” said Yablonski.

The charity also works with schools in rural communities to assist in building strong leadership for future generations, she added.

Registration for this year’s polar bear swim takes place at Kal Beach Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with brave souls taking the plunge at 1 p.m.

Registration is also available online at or at the Vernon Curves gym on 27th Street or Sun Valley Source for Sports.

There will be a costume contest and a prize for the person with the most sponsors.

For more information on the charitable organization, go to



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