WINNIPEG -- It got as cold as -50 C some nights, but Mandel Hitzer was unwavering.
One of the chefs behind the pop-up river restaurant RAW: Almond, Hitzer slept on the frozen Assiniboine River for 21 consecutive nights.
Between Jan. 24 and Feb. 13, he made his bed on the ice using only a sleeping bag, a thin sleep pad and a tent.
Hitzer raised $26,606.44 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, FortWhyte Alive, and Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind.
"I took that number and divided by three," he said. "We want to help as many people as possible." That's $8,868.81 for each charitable organization.
Hitzer chose the charities based on their impact in Winnipeg.
"I'm able to send out a message to Winnipeggers and being able to help people that are less fortunate is the goal," he said.
Hitzer said he plans on doing another fundraiser next year.