Swim for Multiple Sclerosis at Sanlam Cape Mile

Seen here:  Swimmers crossing the finish line at the 2017 Sanlam Cape Mile.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Taking place at the Eikenhof Dam (Grabouw Country Club/Western Cape) on Sunday, 18 February 2018, the Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments 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 that will also be seen in action at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile.

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 fundraiser 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.”

For more information or to support Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA) please visit www.multiplesclerosis.co.za, https://www.givengain.com/ap/swim4ms2018/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/events/825954284242448/

EVENT INFORMATION:

Date: Sunday, 18 February 2018
Venue:  Eikenhof Dam, Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape)
Entry Fee:  R90 / 500m
  R190 / 1 Mile (1.6km)
  R400 per team / 4x 1000m (R100 per swimmer)
  R600 / 5 x Mile swim
Online Entries Close: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Twitter:  @CapeMile

Facebook page:  Cape Mile

Instagram:  @CapeMile

To have a look at the 2017 highlights videoCLICK HERE  

For more information on the Sanlam Cape Mile please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com

ABOUT THE SANLAM GROUP

Sanlam is a leading financial services group listed on the JSE Limited and the Namibian Stock Exchange. Established in 1918 as a life insurance company, the South Africa-based Sanlam Group has transformed into a diversified financial services business. Through its four business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Investments and Santam  ̶  the Group provides comprehensive and tailored financial solutions to individual and institutional clients across all market segments.

The Group’s areas of expertise include insurance, financial planning, retirement, trusts, wills, short-term insurance, asset management, risk management and capital market activities, investment and wealth. The Group operates in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom and has business interests in the USA, Australia and the Philippines. It has a stake in leading global micro-insurance specialists, UK-based Micro-Ensure Holdings Limited, which has a footprint across Africa and India servicing more than 10 million enrolled clients.

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