Chef spent 21 nights on frozen river

RAW: Almond.

RAW: Almond.

BRAEDEN JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

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.


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