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Canberra’s Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim is going ahead!

On Sunday 21 June at 7.43 am the fourth annual Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim will be going ahead at Yarralumla Beach, Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

The event raises funds for Lifeline Canberra and encourages swimmers to wash away negativity and feel a sense of renewal for the upcoming solar year by stripping off and swimming in the freezing water.

Ben Johnston, Chairperson of the Ian Lindeman Memorial Nude Charity Swim said that there has never been a more important time to raise awareness and funds for mental health.

“Due to coronavirus, demand for mental health assistance in Canberra has increased substantially and we want to do everything we can to support them help those in need.”

“Tragically, Ian Lindeman, the founder of the swim, passed way late last year so we really wanted to continue his excellent work despite the tough coronavirus conditions.”

CEO Lifeline Canberra Carrie Leeson confirmed elevated levels of community stress.

“We are seeing a heightened level of anxiety and fear amongst community members. It is important to state that this is a healthy response to this enormous crisis. Whilst it is a healthy response though, we need to take steps to care for ourselves” Ms Leeson said.

Coronavirus restrictions have limited the event to two swimmers this year, but they will be braving the cold waters of Lake Burley Griffin on behalf of the Canberra community.

“While you can’t register for this year’s event, you can support the swimmers and help us fight mental illness by donating through our website https://www.wintersolsticecharityswim.com/,” Mr Johnston said.

All funds raised go to support Lifeline Canberra’s 24/7 Crisis Support Service 13 11 14

News articles about the 2020 Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim

Nude swimmers defy COVID and cold to support Lifeline
The RIOTACT May 31

Winter solstice nude charity swim in Lake Burley Griffin down to two swimmers due to coronavirus 
Canberra Times May 30

Winter Solstice swim to run cheek-to-cheek in 2020
The Canberra Weekly May 28