Griffith Sport will be hosting the inaugural MS Swimathon at the Mt Gravatt Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Saturday 18 October 2014.
Commonwealth Games swimming superstar, and Bachelor of Public Health student, Emma McKeon will be there to cheer on the teams in the pool.
The MS Swimathon, which will help raise vital funds for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), is designed for participants of all ages and abilities.
The key requirement of the relay is that teams must have one swimmer in the water at all times during the 12 hour event.
MS is becoming increasingly common, mainly amongst women aged between 20 years and 40 years. It’s an an incurable disease which affects a person’s central nervous system causing irreparable damage.
“MS QLD is determined to provide more services on Brisbane’s southside to help locals with MS remain living independently,” said MS Queensland CEO, Lincoln Hopper.
“There are more than 370 people living with MS on the southside of Brisbane alone, many of whom need our vital services like education and information workshops on managing their diagnosis, homes visits from an MS nurse, emergency respite, or long-term residential accommodation, depending on the nature and severity of their MS.”
Griffith Sport Business Manager, Martin Unicomb, said ‘I am so proud of how many of our staff and students have put their hands up to support this event. I will be joining our team in the pool on the day and we encourage as many people as possible get involved – every little bit helps’.
“It doesn’t matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle just one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS.”
The MS Swimathon is a community-based event that encourages everyone to take part and raise money to help people living with MS. Participants can raise donations by asking for a one-off donation from friends and family or being sponsored based on the number of laps they can do.