I was reminded today that certain decisions, encounters, meetings and events help shape our lives.  These certain moments can be crucial and profoundly change the course of our ives. 

Today I was meeting up with past employees of MS.  Some of the members were there when it was the MS Society of Victoria and some from MS Limited, but we all had one thing in common, helping people live better with MS.  It was amazing to see all these people who have touched my life in one way or another over the last 20 years of my journey with MS and how they have changed the course of my life and were very determinant in my own personal growth.

One of the people today was the woman who inspired me to start the 24 Hour Mega Swim.  Jo Fairbairn had come up with a brilliant idea to hand out scholarships to people living with MS to enable them to follow a dream.  She had come up with the idea after hosting a fundraising lunch before the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  She had raised $10,000 and decided to give out 5 – $2000 scholarships and because it was just before the Sydney Games she called them The Go For Gold Scholarships.

This moment, this program, forever changed me in that I became passionate about the scholarships and what a small amount of money could do to change someone’s life.  I not only believed it, I witnessed it.  It drove me to help her fundraise the next $10,000 and that fundraising became the 24 Hour Mega Swim.  Now with 17 swims in 4 States has raised just under $10 million, handed out 800 scholarships (now $3000) and helped fund a financial assistance program within MS.

These crucial moments with Jo profoundly changed the course of my life.  At a time when I felt that I had nothing to give because MS had robbed me of my job and my health, those moments gave me the idea and the passion to raise the money for these scholarships.

These crucial moments in our lives are precious and rare.  Today, tomorrow or next week, one of these wonderful moments may occur in your life.  You could be faced with an important decision that will make your existence and the direction that your life takes extremely important.  Grab hold of that moment.

Thank you Jo for giving me that precious moment all those years ago and giving me my passion.

“People touch our lives, if only for a moment; And yet we’re not the same, from that moment on.  The time is not important: the moment is forever.” ~ FERN BORK


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  1. Ellie 25/11/2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply


    Just so you know, your kindness and compassion (and that of your entire team) plus the humor helped me get through a challenging time in Canada. You and your team are amazing. You made a difference in my life. Regardless of what happens with my health, classification and my future in Paracycling…you and your team touched my heart when I was struggling and disappointed. I simply can’t thank YOU and the rest of your team for reaching out to me and making a HUGE difference in my life!

    • CarolC 26/11/2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Ellie! We were more than happy to help you out. It is all about friendship (even though there is tough racing within that!) and lending a helping hand when we can. Competition happens on the road but kindness should be there all the time! Hope to see you next year at some of the races!

  2. Ellie 27/11/2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I look forward to seeing you in Italy!! I think it is the first event where I can go through classification again. If for some reason I am not classified it would be crazy since I have updated info and I clearly meet the guidelines but if not than it is not meant to be. In the meantime I am
    training and excited about 2019. It will be fun and tough but worth it! Take care and I will see you in May!! Yes, kindness is the key! ❤️👍

    • CarolC 28/11/2018 at 5:49 am - Reply

      Great see you there!

  3. Jenny Bacon 23/02/2019 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Hi Carol,
    Thinking of you today and all those involved in the Mega Swim. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead full of good health, fun adventures and special moments along the way. Here’s to a great year. Warm wishes Jenny.

    • CarolC 26/03/2019 at 12:53 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Jenny. I must apologise I missed your message! Mega Swim went really well and it was a great weekend.

  4. Ellie 27/03/2019 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Hey Carol,

    My classification is still in limbo so not looking good for Italy but hopefully Belgium if there are enough start rights for independents. I am waiting on UCI and hope to hear any day! If not we will see how it goes. I wish you well this season and thank you for all the good things you are doing for others. It is inspiring!!! Have a wonderful day!

    • CarolC 30/03/2019 at 12:35 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Ellie, best of luck with your classification and I hope that we will see you in Belgium!

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