Albury-Wodonga is a community that unites for the greater good and that is no better displayed than by events like the Big Splash.
Not only were regular supporters of the annual fundraiser at Albury Swim Centre out in force, but so were members of the Beechworth to Bridge group who are in their own way working towards suicide prevention in the North East.
And despite the event being in its sixth year, there were many participants across 130 teams swimming for the first time.
Amy Simpkin rallied her colleagues at Aspire Support Services to form a team and compete.
“We thought it would be something fun to do,” she said.
“We decided to find something that was in the ocean for our costume and made jellyfishes out of umbrellas.
“It’s a good cause because suicide prevention and mental health support in the community are really important.”
Also hitting the pool for the first time was Albury Border and Rescue Squad, a group that are on the front line with emergency services when tragic incidents occur.
But despite bending the rules and deploying swift water rescue techniques to give their team a helping hand, the group were dead last in their heat of the corporate and community race.
“It’s not the best gear for a 50-metre swim,” captain Paul Marshall admitted.
Finally, in the 'media and celebrity' relay, the addition of a mermaid tail helped Hit 104.9's Tyson Witham lead his Disney-themed team to the podium.
Bree Cross, headspace Albury-Wodonga's community development worker, thanked the participants for their support of the organisation.
"It shows us the amount of community support we have, which is always really encouraging," she said.
"But also it really helps us with financial support.
"We have been able to increase our counselling hours and service delivery, do more group work and employ a group work co-ordinator, hold workshops and roll out a gender identity group as well."
Survivors of Suicide and Friends co-founder Stuart Baker said the Big Splash was the main fundraiser for the group, which is holding the 7th Winter Solstice on June 21.
"We’ve managed to lure Rosie Batty and I think she will bring a dimension we probably haven’t heard from before," he said.
"I’m looking forward to hearing her story."