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82 Y O Cairns Local Jumps Back In For MS Swimathon

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MS Queensland is calling on everyone in the Cairns region to make a splash and join the Cairns MS Swimathon this coming Saturday to raise funds for people living
with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Turning nine this year, the Cairns MS Swimathon fundraiser sees teams of swimmers sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues to swim in a 12-hour relay to raise vital funds for locals living with MS.

82-year-old Cairns local Graham McCallum from the ‘Cairns Mudcrabs Masters’ Swimming Club is back this year, and has raised over $11,000 for the nearly 4,000 Queenslanders living with MS in the eight years he has been joining the fundraiser.

Graham is motivated by the local people living with MS that he has met and knowing the money raised locally is spent locally.

“I’ve always managed to raise funds for a worthy cause and have found the best way to do so, is to set your sights high and approach as many people directly and stress
the fact that money raised locally is spent locally. This year I hope to raise $2,500, and feel I have a fair chance of doing so,” Graham said.

Funds raised from the ten MS Swimathons across Queensland directly support the services provided to the local community including MS Queensland’s service
coordinators who support people living with MS throughout their journey.

The support can include accessing disability supports, connecting the person with services in their area such as physiotherapy or counselling and helping them
manage and navigate the disability supports systems.

Graham will be swimming along -side his fellow ‘Mudcrabs’ and they encourage all Cairns locals to get involved and join the family-friendly community event.

“In 2019 we are fielding a team of at least nine members. I’ve always enjoyed swimming, mainly since retirement, and swim twice weekly in a fairly relaxed manner to maintain
a degree of aerobic fitness, and am now reconciled to the realisation that I‘m not a great swimmer but you can still have fun with it!” Graham said.

The event takes place on Saturday 16 March at Woree Sports and Aquatic Centre.

You don’t need to be a ‘competitive’ swimmer to join – people of all abilities can participate and swim in any style that suits them whether it be 1 or 100 laps in freestyle, breaststroke, sidestroke, or doggy paddle or using a pool noodle or floating flamingo. It’s not about how well you can swim. It’s about having fun and raising funds to make sure no one faces MS alone!

Event Information
Time and Date: 12:00pm – 12:00am, Saturday 16 March
Location: Woree Sports and Aquatic Centre, 1 Pool Close, WOREE