The Aussie Cold Plunge Makes a Huge Splash!

Selection_150Saturday, 1st of February saw Auski, in association with the Australian Cultural Center in Moscow staging their 4th annual Aussie Cold Plunge for the homeless.

For those of you wondering ‘What on earth is a Cold Plunge?’ allow me to explain.

It’s an event that was started in 2011, where Aussies and Kiwis side by side with expats from around the world, brave the frigid waters to help Moscow’s destitute.

Statistically speaking, it is estimated that an average of 30 homeless people perish monthly during the cold winter months in Moscow. Therefore, it’s a great opportunity for expats to get involved and make a difference in a city that has given them so much.

Selection_152The Cold Plunge is quickly gaining notoriety. In fact, this year Mark Howard, a sports presenter from Australia’s Network 10 traveled all the way from Australia to participate. He was on his way to Sochi, to report on the Olympics, however, when he heard about the opportunity to help out, he decided to contribute.

This year, the Cold Plunge site at Serebryaniy Bor was embellished with Australian flags, red kangaroos and scented with the mouth watering aroma of Australian beef patties and sausages sizzling on BBQ grills. Thanks to Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Trade House, Australian Beef Eater BBQ grills and Meat & Wine catering, all swimmers and volunteers were provided with free Hotdogs and Hamburgers as well as free hot drinks. As a result, the Cold Plunge raised US$11,000 to make the conditions for the homeless a little better this year.

Selection_151The Australian community is becoming quite active in Moscow; their intention is to give back to a country that they have grown to love. The Aussie Cold Plunge is just one of many Australian events that take place in the city. So if you are an expat living in Russia and would like to get involved in their various events, you can contact Gabriel at the Australian Cultural Center on: gabriel@auscc.ru. He will be more than happy to introduce you to all the events that you can participate in throughout the year.