Pier jump raises $1,600


By Josh Howald

It was Ashley Schultz's birthday, but Community Living Kincardine and District got the gift.

Ashley Schultz jumps off the north pier Friday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

Schultz raised a total of $1,603 for CLKD by jumping off the north pier on Friday afternoon.

"It was exhilarating!" she said Monday. "The hype from the crowd and all the support from locals was inspiring. I didn't think such a huge crowd would be there, and it left me as breathless as the water did."

Almost. The temperature of Lake Huron on Friday afternoon was just above the freezing mark, about three degrees Celsius. But Schultz didn't have to do it alone. She was joined by a small group of supporters, most of them close friends of hers. She said she couldn't think of a better way to celebrate her birthday by giving back to a great local cause like CLKD. Also hitting the frigid water on the fly was Owen Jones, Alannah Wilson, Candace Phillips, Natalie Beishuizen, Traci Field, Myke Zinn and Josh French.

"We decided to jump off the pier as opposed to just running in because a few of us might have chickened out, and a few might have fallen before we hit the water, as we are clumsy," she joked.

About two dozen people showed up at the north pier on Friday to watch Schultz and her pals take the plunge. The crew actually jumped in the water a second time at the urging of spectators.

"It was an overwhelming amount of love and support from the community," she said.

She said besides some shivering immediately after the jump, nobody had any negative health effects from the jump. She said all of them were still energetic and on Cloud 9 as they celebrated her birthday at the Brasserie.

She didn't rule out doing it again next year, and in fact said she has already been brainstorming ideas of how to make next year's event even bigger and better.