Island Charity Swim put on ice for fortnight

THE 2014 Island Charity Swim from Mudjimba to Mooloolaba has been postponed because of concern about weather conditions.

The event, which has raised more than $1 million for Nambour and Currimundi special schools over the past 13 years, will be held on Saturday, August 23.

Although the postponement will cause considerable disruption for the 88 swimmers who are each supported by paddlers and safety boats, organisers decided to take a cautious approach because of expected sea and wind conditions.

Participants raise threshold levels of sponsorship to take part in the event which is held in open ocean conditions at distances of up to two kilometres off shore.

"We have to be guided by the advice we have received that conditions may deteriorate and Saturday morning will not be safe for either swimmers or support craft,'' organiser Joy Prowd said.

Swim founder Ashley Robinson said the safety of all swimmers and their support was paramount.

He said while changes to the swim date had been rare over its history, organisers would prefer to be wrong on the side of caution.


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