Several hundred hardy souls are expected to brave the ocean waters for the fourth Rotary Solstice Swim on June 27.

Organised by the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club and hosted by the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club, it includes 1km, 3km and 5km events. The winners of each event will share in more than $1000 of prizes.

The funds raised from the swim will be used to help establish a headquarters at the Thrive hub in Maroochydore for SalTy Souls Legacy, an organisation that helps disengaged and vulnerable youths heal through the power of the ocean.

Alex Rotary secretary John Malloy says the event – which is hoped to attract 300 entrants – was started “to have a bit of fun or to keep fit in the middle of winter”.

“Although it’s a charity swim, we do keep times of swimmers so they can check out their personal bests, and we put the results on Facebook,” he says.

“We get great community support. The on-water activities are managed by Alex SLSC; the Moolooaba Yacht Club have kindly donated oversize buoys for the day to mark out the course; and our personal trainer Josh from REVL Training will do the all-important warm-up before the event in Buhk Family Park. Local electricity provider LPE has sponsored the trophies.

“SalTy Souls Legacy is doing great things with troubled kids on the Coast in terms of mentoring and offering support with surfing skills, refurbishing surfboards, handing out second-hand wetsuits and having an amazing transformation. They’re showing kids the fantastic healthy lifestyle on the Coast and giving them a start with donated gear.”

The entry fee for all distances is $50, which includes a bag filled with vouchers, a swimming cap and T-shirt. For more details visit alexandrarotary.com or Google ‘sunny coast solstice swim’.