**Updated** Weather conditions force organizers to scrap The Big Swim

An annual fundraising swimming event between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island was cancelled on Sunday before it could even begin.

Fifty swimmers from across Canada were gearing up to make the trek across the Northumberland Strait as part of The Big Swim.

But extreme weather conditions forced organizers to cancel the event for the first time in seven years.

Give To Life said in a Facebook post that they feel disappointed for the swimmers who trained for and were looking forward to the event, but are fortunate that no one was put in danger.

"Today's weather presented us with some challenges we simply could not overcome and, for the first time in seven years we had to cancel The Big Swim," the post said.

"We are thankful for every volunteer who has put hours of planning and co-ordination into yesterday and today. We are so very proud of all of you for your courage and your spirit."

The Big Swim raises money for the Brigadoon Children's Camp Society — a non-profit recreational facility in South Alton, N.S., dedicated for children living with a chronic illness, chronic condition or special need.

Since its inception, the event has raised $1 million to send 1,000 kids to camp.