John looks forward to a real cold one

Northmead's John Clays has dared himself to sit in icy cold water in an outdoor spa to raise money for SIDS And Kids. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

Northmead's John Clays has dared himself to sit in icy cold water in an outdoor spa to raise money for SIDS And Kids. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

Northmead baker John Clays is hoping for a cold snap in time for his midwinter beer-drinking session in his outdoor tub.

Mr Clays, who may be the only one wishing for an end to the unseasonably warm weather, will take a dip in cold water in a backyard spa while he sips a beer to raise funds for SIDS and Kids' Red Nose Day campaign.

To ensure an adequately wintry chill, the 42-year-old will pack 50 kilos of ice into his spa before jumping in on July 5.

"Hopefully, it's a nice cold day," Mr Clays said. "I've always liked to support kids' charities so when I got an email saying would you do a dare, I thought about it and that's just what I came up with."

Mr Clays, a baker at Dural Woolworths, aims to raise at least $1000 as part of the Dare to Care campaign, which sees participants take on a personal challenge to support the life-saving work of SIDS and Kids, which educates expectant parents about sudden infant death syndrome and other causes of the 3500 unexpected infant deaths in Australia each year.

The Dare to Care campaign can involve anything from skydiving to giving up coffee. All funds raised will contribute directly to the work of SIDS and Kids, including research, education, bereavement support and advocacy.

All dares are encouraged to be undertaken on or near Red Nose Day on June 27 but Mr Clays said he'll wait until colder weather for his feat.

"This is just such a great cause — any donation large or small would be greatly appreciated."

■ To support John Clays' effort donate online at: daretocare.everydayhero.com/au/john.

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