The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim portfolio was spearheaded by Carol Cooke OAM in Fitzroy, Victoria in 2001. To date the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim portfolio has raised over $9 million dollars and has awarded 900 MS Go for Gold scholarships for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. The 2018 and 2019 recipients in each state have inspiring stories. The 2020 hopefuls can apply from June 10, closing on the 10th of September.
In 2008 PP James Allen initiated a partnership with MS Society sponsored by Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre which grew into the largest Mega Swim in the country. Rotary Club of Sydney continues to assist in organising and manning the Sydney event along with fundraising. So far,
The MS 24 hour Mega Swim has annually raised 6 figure sums through the management and support of corporate sponsored teams over Saturday and Sunday in late May. In 2019 over AUD265,000 was raised. In 2020 due to COVID-19 the event was cancelled but is expected to resume in 2021. Scholarships and research are funded each year to assist MS patients and researchers to manage and treat this debilitating autoimmune disease.
Every year our volunteers converge at Sydney Olympic Park and set up tables, the barbie, etc on Saturday morning and start welcoming the swimmers and their
support teams around noon. The excitement and the laughter fill the center especially when the kids and their Swimschool teams arrive. Ready, set, go and the splashing begins with laughter and swimmers dripping from the pool run for a hot cuppa or a snack until the barbie’s fired up again for another round of hot sausages and burgers! When night falls some go to rest and others continue swimming until the barbie is on again for the brekkie service early Sunday morning. The laps are tallied and keep adding up until Sunday afternoon when some winners are announced! Everyone participating in this event actually feels like a winner!