Mersey Bluff solstice sign

By Paul O'Rourke

A huge thank you to everyone who has signed up for Saturday's Solstice Splash. We are incredibly appreciative of your willingness to endure a little discomfort to raise money to help our precious families in the North West.

I'm sure we're all praying for blue skies and warmish water for our epic dip.

Please aim to be at the Bluff by 7:45am.

There will be a registration desk where we will check off your name and give you a peg with which to claim your egg and bacon roll. This could be the single most important information you will get!

There are change rooms and toilets at the bluff, and plenty of parking.

We will gather on the sand at 7:55am for a short briefing and then we take to the water at 8am.

We're asking all our splashers to completely submerge and stay in the water for three minutes.

It's up to you if you want to edge in slowly or run in and take a freezing dive.

Not a nudie swim

Please don't wear wetsuits. Please wear swimming attire of some description. This is not a nudie swim.

Yes, it's very cold when your chest and head hit the water, but it only hurts for less than a minute as your body adjusts.

As with any swim in the surf, raise your hand if you get into trouble.

Your fundraising

Please make a big push between now and Saturday to promote the event and link to your profile so your contacts can make a donation or pledge.

Tell them what you're doing and, more importantly, why.

It's difficult to get new sponsors after the event.

Not too late to register

We will take registrations right up until the swim, so continue to encourage your friends, church, family and work colleagues to join us in the water. Register here

Take pictures

You have until June 30 to gather your outstanding donations. Take plenty of pictures and send them to your supporters so they know you did the swim and survived.

There will be many photos on our Facebook page for your to grab.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and sharing the experience.