Multiple Sclerosis South Africa overwhelmed by funds raised at 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile

Seen here:  Dieckmann having fun at the 5th annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments on Sunday, 17 February 2019. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA) received a welcomed donation of R45 000 thanks to swimmers that participated in the 5th annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the serene Eikenhof Dam (Elgin Grabouw Country Club/Western Cape) on Sunday, 17 February 2019.

Amongst these entries were Claudia Dieckmann and a group of 23 swimmers, 7 of whom have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that competed in support of Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA).

Dieckmann was diagnosed with MS in 2011 at the age of 31.  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.

“Over R45 000 was raised for MS at the 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile,” says a very happy Dieckman.  “We felt very welcome and the vibe created in the festival village was electrifying.  It was such a fun day and as usual it was very well run and extremely professional.  We are bowled over by the generous donations made by the 2019 entrants.”

“We want people to realize that the MS they may have witnessed in the past is not the same as MS today,” continues Dieckmann.  “MS is not a death sentence.   With advancements in research and medication it is possible to live a fulfilling life.  Exercise is essential as it keeps the muscles moving, not to mention its psychological benefits.   I am a huge advocate of the benefits of swimming for MS. The cool, weightless environment is ideal.  That is why the Sanlam Cape Mile is the perfect event for our cause.  We are thankful to Stillwater Sports for opening the Sanlam Cape Mile platform so that we could swim and raise funds for MS.  We will definitely be back in 2020 and would love to have more swimmers Swim4MS on the day.”

“Multiple Sclerosis South Africa is thankful to Stillwater Sports and all the Sanlam Cape Mile sponsors for the opportunity to showcase our cause,” says Non Smit, Director Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA).  “The event created awareness for MS and raised much needed funds for those who are in need of care.  Claudia is a Star-Activist.  Living with MS herself, she exhilarates and inspires people living with MS to greater heights.  The total amount raised is absolutely fantastic.  We are looking forward to the next Sanlam Cape Mile.”

If you’d like to support or Swim4MS at the 2020 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments please email Claudia Dieckmann via

Event Information:

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2019 the Western Cape’s premier open water swim, the Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments featured two exciting distances:  a 1 mile (1.6km) which included a 5x 1 mile Charity Mile Swim and a refreshing 500m swim which included a 500m team relay (4 member team).

The 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments included a 5x 1 mile Charity Mile Swim that saw close to 100 swimmers compete in a 5-mile swim in support of a charity of their choice.

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For more information on the Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email


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