Make a splash at this weekend’s Shepparton MS 24 Hour Mega Swim at Aquamoves.
The money raised from the event will go to the Go for Gold Scholarship and Financial Assistance programs that allow people living with multiple sclerosis to reach their potential in life; including employment, sport, travel, education and the arts.
Margaret McNamara and Cindy Dunn have participated in the event for five years, as a way of showing support for friends and family members hit with MS.
‘‘The idea is to experience the fatigue of living with MS, so that’s the idea of going through the night and into the morning,’’ Mrs McNamara said.
The McNamara family participates every year in support of a family member.
‘‘You feel helpless when someone you know is diagnosed with MS. So this was something local that we could do together,’’ Mrs McNamara said.
It was the shock of two friends being diagnosed with MS within two months that led Mrs Dunn to the Shepparton MS 24 Hour Mega Swim.
‘‘I hadn’t swum for years, but I thought, ‘you know what? My friends have their battles, I’ll make this mine’ and over the years our targets have gotten bigger and better,’’ Mrs Dunn said.
‘‘It doesn’t seem a lot until about the 18th hour and you know you have to get back in the water, that’s when the strain hits and you realise what your friends must go through.’’
During the past eight years the Shepparton community has raised more than $100000 and this year host Damien Stevens is aiming to raise $20000.
‘‘We can’t thank you enough for the way you all continue to come together as a community at the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim to fight MS,’’ Mr Stevens said.
This year the Shepparton Lions Club will provide a barbecue dinner and breakfast for the participants along with other businesses who supply treats.
To join or for more information about the Shepparton 24 Hour Mega Swim, visit www.megaswim.org.au