Tasmanians are getting ready to take the plunge into the icy waters of Cataract Gorge all in the name of raising valuable community funds.
The Solstice Splash has become a popular community event and fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes emergency food relief.
The organisation provides up to 3400 kilograms of food every week, from school breakfast supplies, to fresh produce and ready-to-eat meals in Launceston alone.
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Sam Thiele, Dylan Murach and Zac Ferguson, of Launceston's Think Group, are three participants opting to brave the freezing waters later this month.
The Think Group helped Loaves and Fishes with their digital site and donation module before opting to step out from behind the desk and into the waters.
"We appreciate what Loaves and Fishes do in our community in the state, the work that they do is pretty incredible with how they take food that would go to waste and repurpose it for great meals," Sam said.
"We definitely want to get on board and raise as much awareness and money as we can."
If the act of diving into the Gorge did not go far enough, the trio have also committed to taking only cold showers in the lead up to the event.
"We thought, why not actually make it a bit more challenging instead of just going for a swim, we're actually making this more of a commitment," Zach said.
"It's just you can't not think about every morning when you turn the cold water on it's pretty chilly, it's good as a new experience," Sam said
"There's people in our state that go without food and shelter and those sorts of things ... it puts it into perspective, we're only sacrificing once a day."
Self-described as a bit of a maniac, Zac has taken his preparations to another level again by doing regular open water swims at the Gorge.
Donations and the opportunity to jump into the Gorge remain open, with the trio recommending Tasmanians show their support for the popular cause.
"I think it's a great cause, Tasmanians supporting Tasmanians is something that I think most people can get behind," Sam said.
"It will be a good feeling and community and everyone sort of has achieved something."
The Solstice Splash takes place on June 20.
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