By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Geoffrey Barham
SASEBO, Japan (Mar. 1, 2017) - The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Sasebo branch held their annual Polar Plunge at Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo February 28, 2017. The Polar Plunge marks the beginning of their active-duty fund drive.
Though February is the coldest month for Sasebo Bay, dozens of participants submerged themselves into it immediately after morning colors. According to World Sea Temperatures, the bay was estimated to have been 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is their 4th annual Polar Plunge. The Sasebo branch is the only NMCRS branch in Japan starts its drive with this event.
Despite the cold, some come back year after year to participate. This is the third plunge for CFAS Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Ovios.
“It is always a shock to the system, but
the event builds camaraderie and everyone
comes out of the water committed to helping Navy-Marine Corps Relief,” said Ovios. “A few minutes in really cold water is a small price to pay for all the assistance that Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides to our Sailors and families.”
NMCRS programs include financial assistance and counseling, education assistance, a visiting nurse program and other forms of relief. According to Ovios, they provide $190,000 annually in loans and assistance at CFAS.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society can be found on the second floor of the Community Education Center.