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Swimmers to brave icy Quincy waters to raise money for non-profit, and to remember John Hancock

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 18, 2013 09:11 AM

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Quincy residents will be plunging into the chilly waters off of Wollaston Beach Saturday, Jan. 19, to benefit Interfaith Social Services and remember one historic Quincy resident.

The John Hancock Birthday Plunge, now in its seventh year, invites both the brave and the timid to come out and test the waters and remember a man who help shape the United States and the Commonwealth.

“It’s a labor of love,” said Chickie Abdallah, a member Quincy beaches and Coastal Commission and coordinator for the event. “I always wanted to have something like the (South Boston) L Street Brownies swim in Quincy.”

Hundreds turn out every year to cheer on the swimmers.

Because everyone may not feel like committing to plunging headfirst into the chilly waters, there are a number of swimming categories from the “full plungers” to the “dunkin' toe nuts”, a category that Abdallah has stuck with.

All the money raised by the event will be donated to Interfaith Social Services, a non-profit group that helps those less fortunate with food, emergency housing, fuel assistance, and support.

Registration is $10 and begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Wollaston Beach Bath House on Quincy Shore Drive.

Swimmers will take their plunge at 11 a.m.

For more information or to register, contact Chickie Abdallah at (617) 479-2142 or email cgaquincy@comcast.net

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