In the swim to help out

Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre lifeguard Cam Murnane, Megaswim co-ordinator Trevor McArdle and Rotary Ocean Grove president Judy Greer are calling on all swimmers to enter the Megaswim. 156550


CALLING all swimmers – or even those who just like to paddle, this is your chance to make a difference.
The fourth Ocean Grove Megaswim is on again and you’re needed.
Teams will swim for 24 hours straight at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
“While this is a fun event and we hope people enjoy themselves, the prime reason for the MS Megaswim is to raise funds to support this very worthwhile cause,” Rotary Ocean Grove, one of the major sponsors of the event, president Judy Greer said.
“It helps people who suffer from this very debilitating condition achieve a better life.”
Organisers are hoping to raise $25,000 this year after raising an incredible $30,000 last time around 2014 and almost $75,000 in total over the three events that have taken place.
In 2015, Dan Willsmore swan 11.4km and 11-year-old Sam Occhipinti covered 6.2km. Zoe Myers ($2825) raised the most for an individual swimmer.
“We don’t expect anyone to achieve that individually, but perhaps each team could set a target to raise $3000. That would be magnificent,” Ms Greer said.
Seven teams have been registered and organisers need swimmers to fill the vacant spots. Participants take turns in swimming for 24 hours.
There is also a chance to raise scholarships of $3000 from corporate contacts. ‘Go For Gold’ scholarships provide an opportunity for people living with MS to follow a dream and are awarded in categories of education, employment, music, sports, the arts and travel. Donations of $3000 or more can have a scholarship provided in their name or business.
The Megaswim will be held from noon on Saturday 27 August to noon the following day at the aquatic centre on Shell Road.
To donate, head to or to enter as a participant or sponsor a swimmer email or call Adrian Schmidt on 0411 431 701.