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MS Mighty Swim a success!

4th March 2019

Hundreds of swimmers flooded Unley Swimming Centre in February to swim 24 hours straight while raising funds for people living with multiple sclerosis in South Australia and Northern Territory. The annual MS Mighty Swim was a huge success, with 12 teams and 285 participants, raising over $106,000—exceeding last year’s total!

The MS Mighty Swim is the biggest fundraising event in the MS Society calendar. Teams fundraise for months in the lead up to the big weekend, where they compete to swim the most laps in 24 hours. A weekend full of fun, and community spirit, it was great to see many new faces and the faces of those who have been with us for many years.

Graham has been participating in the Mighty Swim from the beginning, taking part in the very first event back in 2006 swimming for Team MS. “The atmosphere at the event is amazing, there is no negativity and everyone is included. MS is part of me, but when you see others out there swimming for the MS Society—that’s a noble thing,” Graham says.

“Every year I am more confident in my swim, and I always leave wanting to do more laps the next year. Swimming and being able to swim, makes me feel less affected by my MS. To do something that many people can’t do because of lifestyle choices is a great achievement.”

This year was the first in the 14-year history of the Mighty Swim that Ruth Ziegeler, one of the event’s founders, wasn’t with us. Ruth passed away a few months after last year’s event and her presence was sorely missed. She was an amazing supporter of the MS Society and an inspiration to so many with her commitment to, and involvement in the MS Mighty Swim. In a very fitting tribute, the MS Society presented the Ruth Ziegeler Award for Best Team Spirit, which went to the team who showed the best team pride and encouragement.

The MS Society would like to acknowledge the ongoing contribution of Unley City Council, and the staff at Unley Swimming Centre for donating their venue and their time to this event every year. We would also like to thank our amazing participants, donors, volunteers and sponsors for making the event a huge success!

Follow our MS Society SA/NT Events Facebook page for updates on the 2020 MS Mighty Swim, and our other upcoming fundraising initiatives.

Photography by Paul Ellis

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MS Mighty Swim a success!