Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and it affects 1,000 Australians every year. The MS 24 hour Mega Swim raises funds for local people who live with the disease.

The Mega Swim was founded by former olympic swimmer Carol Cooke (pictured), who wanted to bring people together to raise funds for those living with MS.

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Event coordinator Dave Stevenson said MS affects a person’s capacity to do weight- bearing exercise. He said most people with MS are still able to swim and a marathon swimming event would help people understand the fatigue that MS can cause.

The event will be held at the University of Wollongong’s aquatic centre this weekend. Centre manager Bruce Power said all funds raised would go to the Go For Gold scholarshship, a program that  provides financial assistance and services to people living with MS.

The event will take place over 24 hours and each team can have up to 15 people taking part.For more information head to megaswim.com

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