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OCEAN Grovers will be swimming laps for 24 hours all for fun and for a good cause.

The 24 Hour Mega Swim event is a competition with teams receiving one point for every $10 raised and one point for every 500 metres swum.

“Everyone is very excited for the Ocean Grove Mega Swim this year. This is the third time Rotary have run the event, raising around $25,000 each time,” Rotarian Trevor McArdle, Mega Swim coordinator for Ocean Grove Rotary Club, said.

A goal of $20,000 plus has been set for 2014 to raise money for multiple sclerosis. The Ocean Grove relay competition has become a biannual event which anyone can take part in.

“In 2012 the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove not only hosted the event but also swam 52.7km, raising $8620 as a team,” project manager Josie Molloy said.

So far, $545 has been raised. Teams of up to 15 people compete for laps swum and money raised. Each team must have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours.

Local resident and swimmer Shelley Gross was a very instrumental stimulus in getting the event to Ocean Grove with the support of the Ocean Grove Rotary Club. In support of the event also is the City of Greater Geelong and staff at the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre.

The event will be running at the Bellarine Aquatic Centre from Saturday August 30 until Sunday August 31.

For more information call Trevor McArdle on 0419-895 562. To register to swim or to donate visit:

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