What is the MS swimathon?
The MS Swimathon is a Queensland based fundraising initiative where teams are sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues to swim in a 12 hour relay; raising vital funds for Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis (MS). You don’t need to be a ‘competitive’ swimmer to participate – people of all abilities can join in and take part. You can swim any style or distance that suits you; whether it be 1 or 100 laps in doggy paddle, freestyle, sidestroke, or breaststroke – it is all about participation! Nine MS Swimathon events are held across the state in Sunshine Coast, Griffith Sport (Mt Gravatt), Jindalee, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville. So what are you waiting for….dive in, have fun and support people with MS!
How does it work?
Teams of at least 6 swimmers participate in a 12 hour swim relay – individual teams are responsible for creating a roster for their swimmers, so you can swim as many laps as you wish! But there are some rules; click here to view the MS Swimathon rules.
If you can’t find any family or friends to join you but would still like to take part, don’t worry. Just call us on 07 3840 0887 and we can coordinate a team for you to join.
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part! Whether you are 5 or 85 years old, a doggy paddler or squad swimmer… we’d love you to dive in!
Where will the event take place?
What happens if it is raining or bad weather is forecast?
The event will go ahead rain or shine, unless there is a significant danger to participants because of poor visibility, lightning, storms, cyclones or strong winds. If conditions are deemed too hazardous by the MS Swimathon event team, a notification will be posted on our MS Swimathon Facebook page and we will send you an email/SMS.
If bad weather develops during the event, organisers will ensure the safety of the participants and decide if it is safe to continue.
Do I have to be a good swimmer?
No, however you should be able to swim at least one lap of a pool unassisted. The MS Swimathon is a fun day where anyone can join in, no matter what their ability. Because you are swimming a relay with a team, some people will swim lots of laps, and others will only swim a few. There’s no pressure to go at a particular speed or stroke; you can take it at your own pace and life guards will be on duty for the duration of the event. That being said, the MS Swimathon is a swimming event and so basic swimming ability is needed for your own safety.
Can I use floatation aids?
Yes, swimmers are permitted to use flotation devices and swimming aids (including fins/flippers, kick boards, noodles and wet suits) except during the Hours of Power (unless approved by the Swimathon Director).
Do I need to be there for the whole time?
No, you may come and go as you please however we welcome you to stay and cheer on your team mates. We know they would love the support! Your team captain will be responsible for working out a swim and lap counting roster. It may be that you only need to be there for an hour or two; however we suggest to arrive at the pool 15 minutes before you are rostered on to swim.
We recommend you be there for the final presentations – it is great to be a part of the buzz of achievement as we celebrate swimming 12 hours to support local people with MS!
Do you have merchandise?
MS Queensland merchandise will be available for sale on the day with all proceeds going back to the fundraising tally of the event.
We also have MS Swimathon shirts, simply raise $100 to claim your own!
Are there prizes?
Absolutely! We award your efforts in and out of the pool… click here to check out the prizes
How do I enter?
The best way to enter is online by clicking here. Your details will be secure and entering online is more cost effective and environmentally friendly, leaving more money to support people with MS and a cleaner planet. Alternatively, call us or email us – we are always happy to help!
Phone: 07 3840 0812
How do I create a team?
(TBC as new platform)
Creating a team is easy! Once you have registered yourself online, go into ‘create a team’ and register for your very own team web page…..you are now a Team Captain. You can use the team page to organise your team members, manage your team’s fundraising and acknowledge supporters who have donated to the team Teams must have a minimum of 6 swimmers, and all team members must use the same ‘team name’ when registering – if you need help to set your team up, contact us – we are here to help!
How much does it cost?
Students (under 18): $10
Family of 4: $45
Students (under 18): $15
Family of 4: $60
Students (under 18): $20
Family of 4: $75
On the Day Price
Students (under 18): $25
Family of 4: $90
What does this pay for?
The entry fee covers the cost of holding the event – your fundraising dollars contribute to improving the lives of people with MS
What do I receive for my entry fee?
- A safe, secure organised event with lifeguards, MS Swimathon staff members and volunteers present at all times.
- An official MS Swimathon t-shirt (whilst stock lasts, shirt can’t be promised if size not chosen three weeks out from the event).
- Your personal online fundraising page that’s easy to use and great for raising money for people living with MS.
- Your own personal fundraising coach to help with all things fundraising! We have heaps of tools to make fundraising fun & easy.
- The opportunity to be a part of something amazing that will change a person’s life.
I can’t find anyone to join my team – can I still participate?
Absolutely! If you would like to enter as an individual – we will find a team for you to join. Simply contact us, and we can discuss which teams may need additional members. Once you have registered please call us on 07 3840 0812 or email email@example.com to talk about your options. It could be a great way to meet some new friends or get involved with your local swimming club!
When will entries close?
Online entries will be open up until the event day. Please note: If you register on the day you may not receive an official event t-shirt, as we need to order them in advance based on registration numbers at that time.
Can I request a refund?
Unfortunately entry fees are non-refundable and not transferable to others.
Where does the money go?
MS Queensland aims to raise $230,000 by June 2020 – you can help us achieve this, and directly contribute to supporting a person fighting MS. Follow the link to read about a member of your community being supported by the MS Swimathon initiative.
I can’t swim, however I want to help people with MS – what can I do?
It’s great to hear you want to show your support! If you can’t swim yourself you can always sponsor a swimmer/team participating in the MS Swimathon. You can even volunteer on the day, just call us on 07 3840 0812 to find out more.
I want to fundraise, but I don’t know how to or where to start? Where can I get more information?
First of all, thank you! It is wonderful that you want to fundraise and support people in your local community living with MS. We have all sorts of tips, tricks and tools to get your fundraising started – simply follow this link…I want to fundraise.
Don’t forget, we are here to support you every step of the way, feel free to contact the MS Swimathon team on 07 3840 0812 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. How do I add my cash donations that I have collected on to my fundraising page? (TBC on new platform)
What if my donors don’t require a receipt?
If your donor doesn’t require a receipt, you can still add your cash donations on to your fundraising page. Simply login to your fundraising page, click on ‘Add Offline Sponsorship’ and select ‘the donor does not require a receipt’. Fill in the details, use your credit card details to process the transaction, and keep the cash you have collected. Once the transaction has gone through successfully, your fundraising page will automatically be updated with your offline donation.
I have done a collection at work/school, how do I bank this?
You can add the funds you have collected to your fundraising page. Simply login to your fundraising page, click on ‘Add Offline Sponsorship’ and select ‘the donor does not require a receipt’. In the field noted Donor Name, you can choose to put down where you collected your funds from and this will be displayed on your fundraising page, for example, ‘Morning Tea collection at work’. Fill in the details, use your credit card details to process the transaction, and keep the cash you have collected. Once the transaction has gone through successfully, your fundraising page will automatically be updated with your offline donation.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes – donations or sponsorships over $2.00 are fully tax deductible. Sponsors who donate to your online fundraising page will automatically receive a tax deductible receipt via email once the transaction is complete. If you collect offline donations, we can provide you with receipt books. Just ask us to post some out to you. We recommend you be there for the final presentations – it is great to be a part of the buzz of achievement as we celebrate swimming 12 hours to support local people with MS!