Wayne Turner (front) with Libby Hughes, Jodie Haythorpe
and Rod Simms. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

One of the country’s most popular fundraising events is coming to Bendigo in August.

The MS 24-hour Mega Swim will take place at Gunni Wanyarra on August 17 and 18 to raise money for the MS Go for Gold Scholarship program.

This is the first time the event has come to Bendigo and local teams have been invited to register.

Each team must have a member in the pool, swimming laps during a continuous 24-hour period.

President of the Bendigo Rotary Club Libby Hughes is proud to support the event.

“I have family members with MS and everyone you talk to knows somebody who has MS,” Ms Hughes said.

“The Go for Gold scholarships help people do what they want to do, but their disease has stopped them from doing, such as go overseas or finish a uni course.”

Jodie Haythorpe is an MS ambassador who benefitted from the Go for Gold scholarship program in 2008.

“That scholarship helped me to financially fund my university degree,” Ms Haythorpe said.

“Without that, I wouldn’t have been able to complete that degree, so I am forever thankful to the MS Society for that.”

Aside from completing her studies in Criminology, Ms Haythorpe has volunteered at Bendigo’s MS support group for the past 11 years.

“It has a community feel and it’s good for us to meet every month. It takes away the isolation experienced by many,” she said.

There is currently no cure for MS (multiple sclerosis), which impacts nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

There is a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the event.

Adult entry fees are $40 and under 16s are $30 as part of an early bird offer until July.

After that time, entry is $45 for adults and $35 for juniors.

To register and for more information, visit msmegaswim.org.au