ALFRED — Members of the Alfred University and local communities are invited to jump into Foster Lake to help raise money to build a well providing clean drinking water to a community in Puerto Rico.
The AU Polar Plunge for Puerto Rico will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, from 1-3 p.m. at Foster Lake. The event is being organized by Jeff Sluyter-Beltrao, associate professor of political science. Money raised will fund the “FYE Water Planet” project organized by Michele Hluchy, professor of geology at Alfred University. The project seeks to fund installation a well in a Puerto Rican community recovering from damage caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Participants register and pledge a donation, then show up at Foster Lake on Nov. 24 and take the plunge. Those not wanting to jump into the lake can sponsor someone who is registered to participate. There will be a campfire at the AU Polar Plunge, and hot chocolate will be provided.
For more information, or to register to participate, visit the AU Polar Plunge website at https://polarplungeforpuertorico2019.myevent.com/
Last November, Alfred University hosted a similar event – the Semi-Polar Plunge – in which participants jumped into Foster Lake to raise money for the Navajo Water Project, which provides clean running water to the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.