Not least against the background of the terrible fire disaster on Maui, which has claimed numerous lives and completely devastated the area of the west coast around the picturesque coastal town of Lahaina, I have decided against participating in this swimming project.

All attention, especially when it comes to financial, governmental aid, should, in my opinion, be given to the families affected and the reconstruction, so it is logical to refrain from this planned action.

Our thoughts are with the bereaved and we wish all the helpers and people involved in the reconstruction positive energy and the necessary strength and support.