Jump in your lake for the food bank
By Chad Ingram
The president of the Balsam Lake Association is challenging area lakefront residents to “join” him this Saturday afternoon, and take a plunge into their lakes to raise money for charitable causes.
Michel and wife Jennifer Bacon will be jumping off their Balsam Lake
dock this Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m., after raising funds for the
Coboconk and Area Food Bank and other local charitable organizations.
As food bank demand increased amid the COVID-19 crisis, Michel pledged he’d jump in the water if he was able to raise $500 for the food bank. If they reached $1,000, the couple pledged that Bacon would join him.
“It’s gone crazy,” Michel told the Times, explaining they've raised thousands more than their goal and are donating to other organizations in addition to the food bank.
Almost a dozen individuals and families have signed up to take the challenge on Saturday, and Michel is extending that challenge to Haliburton County, asking residents to gather donations for the county’s food banks or any local charity they’d like to support and jump in their lake.
Any readers who partake in the challenge are encouraged to send a picture to the Times by emailing email@example.com.