Christchurch police jump in icy water for Heart Kids
Christchurch police have taken an ice-cold plunge to support a children's charity.
On Friday, five officers dressed in full uniform participated in the Heart Stopper Challenge – sitting in a pool chilled to 8 degrees Celsius for five minutes.
The fundraising event supported Heart Kids Canterbury, a charity dedicated to providing lifelong care to people affected by a childhood heart defect.
Constable Melissa Arnold said the event was her way of giving back to the charity, which had helped her family out.
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"My 18-month-old son was born with a congenital heart defect and Heart Kids were fantastic support for us," she said.
"I hope our help at this event gives something back to Heart Kids so they can continue to support families like they did for us."
Heart Kids provides care packs, meals, travel subsidies and trained family support workers to affected families both in Canterbury and at the national paediatric cardiac ward at Starship Hospital.
"We want to keep attending this event every year," Arnold said.
"It's so much fun for police to be involved in the great community spirit."
Ashton Ball, 8, jumped in the pool and borrowed a police hat.
His mother, Amelia Ball, said Ashton had a heart condition called Scimitar Syndrome and also lost a sister to a heart condition.
Team Blue, made up of Christchurch police staff, raised more than $1800 last year and won the award for team spirit.
The event was held at The Commons, on the corner of Kilmore and Durham streets.
As of Friday afternoon, the team had raised $661 out of its goal of $1000.
The event had 19 teams and 54 participants, who had raised more $23,800.
Donations can still be made to Team Blue and other teams at https://heartstoppercanty2016.everydayhero.com/nz/team-blue