Diving in for a great cause

Levy gets involved in the Mega Swim. 158577 Pictures: JAMIE CULLUM

OCEAN Grovers have raised around $20,000 for Multiple Sclerosis at another successful Mega Swim held at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre on the weekend.
The Mega Swim, a 24-relay event, has raised in excess of $90,000 since it began four years ago.
Organisers expect the final tally to exceed $20,000 once late donations are factored in.
“Over the four swims we have run we will have raised well over $90,000 for MS Australia’s ’Go For Gold’ scholarships which are granted to MS sufferers to assist them in improving their lives and will help to bring a little cheer into what is often a pretty dark existence,“ Trevor McArdle said.
The overall winning team was 6 Degrees which raised $5500. The team that swam the most kilometres was Sink or Swim with 79.5km over the 24 hours and set a new record.
Bellarine Bullet 100m sprint was won by Aaron Ford from the BASC team in a blistering 1.04.52.
Youth award was won by Christine Sarauer, 12, who swam an incredible 23km.
There were two great stories from the event – the first was the team The Blue Whales which was a team of four young women who swam the event over the 24 hours, averaging six hours in the pool each and having very little sleep.
The second, and by far the most incredible, was the team Great Uncle Flo which was a team of only two people, mother and daughter Sylvia and Christine Sarauer who swam to honour Christine’s uncle who developed MS. A magnificent effort for only two people to swim for 24 hours straight.