March 28, 2014
Mega swim raises $34,000 to support people with multiple sclerosis
Two hundred swimmers braved the wild weather over the weekend of March 22 to complete the Wollongong MS 24 hour Mega Swim at UOW’s Recreation & Aquatic Centre (URAC).
The swimmers covered a distance of 752.3km by completing more than 15,000 laps (equal to 10 laps per minute) and raised $34,000 to support programs and services that support people living with multiple sclerosis.
Thunder and lightning forced the swimmers to take a short break. Once the storm had passed, however, the Mega Swim participants were back in the pool and swimming harder than ever to make up for lost time.
Pool Manager Bruce Power said that URAC was proud to host the Mega Swim for the fourth year running.
“There is quite a lot of work involved, but it is worth it to see the fun everyone has and the camaraderie within the teams. It is also rewarding to know that the money raised is going to such a worthy cause,” he said.
Multiple sclerosis is the most common disease affecting the central nervous system in young adults.