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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."

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