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MS 24 Hour MEGA Swim

When:

Sat 14 Feb 2015, 12:00pm–12:00am
Sun 15 Feb 2015, 12:00am–12:00pm

Where: North Melbourne Recreation Centre, 1 Macaulay Road, North Melbourne, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: malyce

The 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event. It is one of Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events.

Teams of up to 15 people compete for laps swum and money raised. Each team must have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 Hours.

People of all ages and abilities can take part. Each team creates a swimming roster to suit each swimmer. Each participant decides when they would like to swim and for how long. Some swim for 10 minutes, others swim for 4 hours! There is no set formula.

Each team member has an online fundraising page and raises money from family, friends and colleagues. They can receive one off donations, be sponsored for the number of laps they do, or host their own fundraising event to add to their total. It is entirely up to each participant to decide how they will fundraise.

The 24 Hour Mega Swim is a competition with points awarded to each team. Each team will receive 1 point for every $10 raised and 1 point for every 500m swum. The winning team's name will be displayed on the perpetual plaque at the venue.

The 24 Hour Mega Swim began in 2001 and was held at the Fitzroy Pool in Victoria. The first swim raised $22,000.

The 24 Hour Mega Swim was devised by Carol Cooke who had a vision of bringing people together to raise funds for those living with MS. Funds raised from 24 Hour Mega Swim contribute to MS Australia's Go for Gold Scholarships, Financial Assistance Programs and providing services to directly benefit those living with MS.

Living with MS is a 24 hour, 7 day a week challenge. A 24 Hour Mega Swim is a feat of endurance that reminds us of this challenge. 24 Hour Mega Swims are exciting events that bring communities together.

A 24 Hour Mega Swim can be organised by a community group or a corporate group. The organising committee is supported by MS Australia to carry out the event.

If you are interested in running a 24 Hour Mega Swim or have general enquiries call 1300 705 341 or email megaswim@msaustralia.org.au