In 2001, Carol had a vision of bringing people together to raise funds for those living with MS – the result is the 24 Hour Mega Swim. Funds raised from the swims contribute to MS Australia’s Go for Gold Scholarships, financial assistance programs and providing services to directly benefit those living with MS.  The first event was held at the Fitzroy Pool in Victoria and raised $22,000 with the total funds raised now reaching over $11 million.

The 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event and is one of Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events.

Teams compete for laps swum and money raised. Each team must have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours.

Each team member has an online fundraising page and raises money from family, friends and colleagues. They can receive one-off donations, be sponsored for the number of laps they do or host their own fundraising event to add to their total. It is entirely up to each participant to decide how they will fundraise.

The 24 Hour Mega Swim is a competition with points awarded to each team. Each team will receive 1 point for every $10 raised and 1 point for every 500m swum. 

Living with MS is a 24 hour, 7 day a week challenge. A 24 Hour Mega Swim is a feat of endurance that reminds us of this challenge.

A 24 Hour Mega Swim can be organised by a community group or a corporate group and is an exciting event that brings communities together. The organising committee is supported by MS Australia to carry out the event.

If you are interested in running a 24 Hour Mega Swim or have general enquiries call 1300 705 341 or email

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