MS Mighty Swim raises $135,000!

16th March 2020

Published in the MS Network Magazine

Firstly, we want to say thank you. Thank you to all the people reading this who took part in the MS Mighty Swim this year and contributed to a massive 430 swimmers in 20 teams. Your passion was amazing, and we were so proud to see you all out there having fun and showing your community spirit. Thank you for fundraising for months in the lead up to the big day to raise a whopping $135,000 for people living with multiple sclerosis. Wow!

And thank you to those who couldn’t participate in the Mighty Swim this year but showed their support in other ways. Whether you volunteered on the day, donated to one of our swimmers or shared our posts on Facebook. You all helped to make this Mighty Swim the biggest and best yet.

The weekend kicked off at midday on Saturday 8 February with the sounding of the horn and the splash of 20 swimmers diving in at Unley Swimming Centre. The Mighty Swim challenges teams to swim the most laps in 24 hours, with one person in the pool at all times.

There was plenty to keep both kids and adults busy throughout the weekend (when they weren’t in the pool). The kids were loving the waterslide, face painting and lawn games. While the adults treated themselves to a massage and a performance from Tunisian Nights Little Big Band on Saturday afternoon.

We were pleased to see many of you swimming in Team MS this year, whether for fun or to smash your personal swimming goals. Lee O’Connell coordinates Team MS and is always inspired by the commitment and the tenacity of their swimmers.

“We had lots of Team MS members, many with significant physical limitations who amassed very impressive totals of laps. I always find one of the highlights of Team MS is the people with disabilities other than MS who come and support the event, do substantial fundraising and aim to achieve some personal goals,” Lee says.

What we love about the Mighty Swim is that our supporters continue to come back, year after year. With teams like Team Hughesy celebrating their 10-year anniversary and Atlantis Frogs celebrating 15 years at the Mighty Swim!

We also welcomed some new teams to our Mighty Swim family this year. Nev decided to enter a team, Nev’s Snorkellers, for the first time to raise funding and awareness for people with MS like himself.

Nev says, “We all did our own individual training specific to our individual requirements (as three of the teams members have MS) and set our team goal high. We all wanted it to be a memorable experience. We bonded as a team, shared the experience and the highs that came with the event.”

“We bonded with other teams, encouraging each other and sharing laughs. We as a team will definitely be back again next year, it was an honour and privilege to participate.”

Check out all the fun and photos from the 2020 MS Mighty Swim on Facebook

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MS Mighty Swim raises $135,000!