Taking place at the Eikenhof Dam at the Grabouw Country Club on Sunday February 18, the Sanlam Cape Mile has attracted the attention of a group of swimmers who will participate in support of Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA).
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2011 at the age of 31, Claudia Dieckmann is a keen swimmer who will also be seen in action.
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
“As a person with MS, swimming is my saving grace,” says Dieckmann. “I used to partake in various different sports, but now I can only swim. I’ve taken part in the Sanlam Cape Mile since the event’s inception. It’s ideal for swimmers that are new to open water swimming as it is very safe and there are plenty of qualified lifeguards on standby. It is also great for seasoned swimmers. It is hosted at a beautiful venue and is a lot of fun. The atmosphere and vibe is amazing, while the music, people, food and drinks are awesome.
“In 2018 we will once again use the Sanlam Cape Mile as a fund-raiser and awareness platform for MS,” continues Dieckmann.
“Currently we have 16 swimmers ready to compete in support of the cause. This number is sure to increase though. The swimmers pledge to raise a certain amount for the charity and in exchange they will receive an entry into the event and have swimming attire that will set them apart from the rest of the field. We want to make people aware of the fact that dealing with MS is a team effort. Managing the disease requires help from doctors, medical persons, loved ones, caregivers and support groups. We are looking forward to taking part in the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile and invite all swimmers to join our cause.”
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