Swimmers take 10-hour challenge

Albany Advertiser

Great Southern residents with multiple sclerosis will use flippers, snorkels and boards to take on the rest of the community in an epic 10-hour swim next month.

The Swim for MS will be held at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre and aims to raise $20,000 for services for the 237 people who live with MS in the region.

Organised by the MS Society of WA and supported by ALAC and Albany Port Authority, the swim will be the first MS event held in regional WA.

Events co-ordinator Jenny Saibu said she encouraged everybody to enter the event, whether they joined as a team or individually.

“We chose Albany (for the swim) because we have a large MS base and a very active support group,” she said.

“A lot of our members have hydrotherapy in the pool, so this is an event they can participate in.” Ms Saibu said they hoped to raise at least $20,000 to be spent on a physiotherapy bed for Great Southern residents, as well as nurses’ visits for people living out of town.

Albany co-ordinator Caroline Clarke-Smith said members of the MS swimming group would compete against the other teams.

“As the MS group, we can’t win because we can use flippers, snorkels and boards and no one else can use flotation devices,” she said.

MS is a progressive disease which affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other effectively.

Swim for MS ALAC March 10, 7.30am to 5.50pm, enquiries 9365 4816 or register online at www.swimforms.org.au

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