Nathaniel Payne

2021 Hobart MS Mega Swim

Introduction blog

MS has been a big part of our life here at the Purple Turtles, and we want to do whatever we can to raise money, awareness and have a great time. My mum was diagnosed with MS when I was about 10years old and my sister was 5years old. At the time we had no idea the effect it would have on our life. My earliest memory of MS being explained to me in an interesting way. To put it in context for me at the time the MS Society told me “it’s like my PlayStation controller cable being bent a few to many times. After a while the buttons wouldn’t always do as they were meant to”. I was shattered cause at the time, my life revolved around my “could have been” career as a Grand Turismo legend or my time showing off to my younger siblings about how good I was a Crash Bandicoot. I couldn’t fathom the fact that there might be times where you press jump and Crash might jump, but the next time you press it Crash might spin, or even not respond to the button command at all.
 
It wasn’t till we got older that mums symptoms started showing and inherently started to change all of our lives. While we’ve faced a lot of challenges through the years, with a lot of support from her amazing husband and her family, Mum has shown us that you can always be positive and stare at the face of adversities like MS but above all make the best of what you have.
 
Swimming has always been a big part of all of our lives. The name the “Purple Turtle” was heavily inspired by my mum. When she was a swimming instructor, if she had a student that was a bit hesitant to get in the water, she would move them around on her back until they were a bit more confident. They would eventually call her “Mrs Turtles”. That paired with her undying love of the colour “Purple” (even if it’s not the best fashion choice of the time) saw the inspiration for our team name. We are hoping to just have an awesome experience and get a great team together (hopefully some of them can actually swim) and just see how much money we can raise for this great cause.
 
So weather its to help us our in the pool or support us from the side line, join the team or just come along. And make sure you’re wearing Purple…

I'M TAKING THE CHALLENGE TO FIGHT MS!

Aside from looking forward to joining others in the fun and atmosphere on the day, I’m taking part to raise funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other chronic neurological condition and average age of diagnosis is 30 . It can strike anyone at any time and the symptoms vary so widely.

For instance, can you imagine waking up one day unable to do the everyday things you would usually take for granted? Like not being able to see properly (or at all), you physically can’t get out of bed, can’t walk to the phone to call someone – anyone – or live a life without pain?

All of a sudden your world has changed.

By being part of this event, and because of your generous sponsorship, the funds we raise will allow people living with multiple sclerosis to access vital MS Support Services. Services such as MS Peer Support, connecting people who are newly diagnosed with those who have lived with multiple sclerosis for a number of years, or the MS Employment Support program keeping Aussies living with multiple sclerosis in the work force.

Thank you again for your support.

My Achievements

Uploaded a Profile Picture

Made a Personal Donation

Shared my Fundraising Page

Received Five Donations

Reached 50% of Fundraising Goal

Reached 75% of Fundraising Goal

Reached 100% of Fundraising Goal

MS Hero Fundraiser

Thank you to my Sponsors

$260

Ethan Valinoti

$200

John Payne

Go go purple turtles John Lee and ben

$156

Justin O’sullivan

Keep your head above the water

$156

Jordan Smith

$156

Edward Mallett

$100

Andrew Burgess

Great work Nate and Molly

$72.80

Belinda Hazell

Best wishes with the challenge

$70

Phil Payne

All the very best son. Such a great cause.

$52

Shane Mann

$52

Margaret Payne

What a wonderful thing to do Nat, well done. X

$52

Jo

$50

Anonymous

$30

Wendy

$20.80

Kt & Jt

Good luck purple turtle!!!

$20

Ellie

$10.40

Cat Lennon

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