Lifestyle

Time to get prepared for MS 24 Hour Mega Swim

By Tara Whitsed

Earlybird registrations are currently open for next year’s MS 24 Hour Mega Swim at Aquamoves in Shepparton.

Regular participant Damien Stevens has encouraged locals to help raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and sign up for the huge 24-hour challenge.

The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with MS.

‘‘I’m taking part to raise funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis,’’ Mr Stevens said.

‘‘Multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other chronic neurological condition and average age of diagnosis is 30.

‘‘It can strike anyone at any time and the symptoms vary so widely.’’

With the swim due to be held on February 16 and 17 next year, participants are encouraged to sign up now and begin their fundraising efforts ahead of the event.

‘‘By being part of this event, and because of generous sponsorship, the funds we raise will allow people living with multiple sclerosis to access vital MS support services,’’ Mr Stevens said.

‘‘Services such as MS Peer Support, connecting people who are newly diagnosed with those who have lived with MS for a number of years, or the MS Employment Support program, keeping Aussies living with MS in the workforce.’’

Earlybird entry costs just $40 for adults and $30 for juniors (under 16 years).

To sign up visit www.msmegaswim.org.au/ and search for ‘Damien Stevens’.