With a crowd watching, government officials took a chilly swim across the Halifax Harbour Thursday afternoon to raise money for a United Way campaign.

Even Deputy Minister Dave Darrow took the plunge and swam the two kilometres from the Woodside Ferry Terminal in Dartmouth to Bishop’s Landing in Halifax while still on the mend from an ATV accident last year.

Deputy Minister Dave Darrow

Deputy Minister Dave Darrow swam two kilometres across the harbour while still on the mend from an ATV accident last year. (CBC)

This is the fourth time Darrow has organized the charity swim in support of United Way. Last year, he was in an ATV accident in California that left him with broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade. 

He says he swims two to three times a week to help his recovery.

Susan LaPierre

"We spent $330 million cleaning up the harbour, we should probably use it,” said Susan LaPierre with the Halifax United Way. (CBC)

"For a while I had to swim with just one arm, but eventually I got the other arm going and now we're back together."

The fundraiser surpassed its goal of $3,000 for United Way’s Community Fund.

"We spent $330 million cleaning up the harbour, we should probably use it,” said Susan LaPierre, director of strategies and partnerships at the Halifax United Way.

LaPierre has done the harbour swim before as well as crossed the Northumberland Strait.

“It was a little chilly last time, I'm told it's a couple of degrees warmer this time so I'm looking forward to it,” she said before swimming Thursday.

Joining them was Dan McDougall, deputy minister of municipal affairs and MLA for Halifax Chebucto Joachim Stroink.

A website for donations will keep collecting until the Aug. 24.