Burpee blitz wipes out any fundraising hiccups for MS Swimathon team

Published:06 March 2018

The aftermath of the burpee fundraiser. MS fundraising was also achieved via gold coin entry to the gym open day.

Thousands of dollars have already been raised by the 'Suns Out Guns Out' team entered in next Saturday's (17 March) Ms Swimathon at the CQUni Sports Centre pool, on the Rockhampton North campus.

Each member of the team crunched out 286 burpees (squat thrusts) during their pre-swim fundraising, as part of the CQUni Gym open day recently.

There's still plenty of time for team and individual entries to be lodged for the MS Swimathon, either online at or in person on the day.

MS Swimathon teams swim together (relay style) for 12 hours, raising funds for those living with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in their local community, while racking up the kilometres with a lot of fun and friendly competition along the way.

Swimming is a popular low-impact mobility therapy option for those with MS and the MS Swimathons are a great part of the MS Queensland events portfolio, connecting those living with MS to those in their local area.

The Rockhampton MS Swimathon event is one of 10 held across Queensland which together aim to raise over $240 000 to continue the important services provided by MS Queensland in local areas.

Teams participating in the Rockhampton event will strive to raise $20 000. Over the past five years, Rockhampton Swimathons have raised over $95 000 to help ensure no one in the community has to face MS alone.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) is the most common chronic neurological condition affecting young adults in Australia.

The average age of diagnosis is just 30 years of age and MS affects almost three times more women than men.

Approximately one in every 1000 people are living with MS in Australia, equating to more than 23 000 Australians and over 3700 residing in Queensland.

With no known cause or cure and symptoms varying significantly between those diagnosed, the total cost of MS to individuals and the community is high.

With limited government funding for the extensive support services provided by MS Queensland to those living with MS, fundraising activities such as the MS Swimathons are vitally important.