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Reconciliation motivates Rotto  swimmers
Reconciliation motivation: Lockie Cooke and Vinka Barunga. Picture: Lincoln Baker/ The West Australian

Among those taking part in Saturday's Rottnest Channel Swim will be 52 young people determined to encourage reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

They will be attempting the 19.7km swim to raise money for the ICEA Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation for 18 to 35-year-olds.

ICEA founder Lockie Cooke, 22, said the program gave Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people the opportunity to connect in a safe and fun environment.

"Beach and sporting activities are used as a medium for creating experiences, building understanding and developing mutually respectful relationships," Mr Cooke said. "The program incorporates cultural awareness workshops, which encourage the wider community to appreciate indigenous perspectives."

Donations can be made at http://www.mycause.com.au/events/icearottnestchannelswim

The West Australian

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