Despite a temperature of -38 C, the polar plunge went ahead in Fort Frances on Wednesday.

The annual Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Polar Plunge jumpers braved the bone-chilling weather to dive into the icy water of Rainy Lake.

At total of 25 jumpers braved the cold and raised more than $6,500 for local charities and non-profit groups, including the high school travel club, the figure skating club, the squash club, and the Rainycrest auxiliary. Some of the funds will go to the Lions Clubs International Fund, which will help with disaster relief and matching grants to help local clubs with large projects.

Thunder Bay benefited from the event in the past with flood relief funding in 2012 and a grant to the city hospital's ophthalmology wing in 2013.