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Joshua’s 24 hour MS splash Neil Walker neil@mpnews.com.au AN upsetting customer service experience made Joshua Kaiser determined to pool his swimming skills to make a difference. The former coffee shop worker became friendly with a regular customer who later revealed he suffered from the debilitating and degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis. Seeing the downward spiral of a customer named Greg was a confronting sight and made Joshua, 23, think about how upset he would feel if the disease afflicted a family member. The Hastings resident subsequently became a swimming teacher and participated in the annual MS Mega Swim fundraiser “in teams of 15”. This year he wants to get “out of my comfort zone” to attempt to swim for 24 hours on his own at Frankston’s Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) to raise money for MS support services. “Greg was a normal guy in absolutely every single way. He came in literally every day and had a latte. Over a span of a couple of months, we noticed he got a bit slower. “Opening the door became difficult, picking his coffee cup up became a bit more difficult and eventually, we asked ‘are you alright?’ and he told us he had multiple sclerosis and it is getting worse.”

A SERIES of artist talks with Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery curator Danny Lacy will be held at the gallery over the next three months. In the first, on Wednesday 7 June, Zoe Croggon will talk about her work and how she considers the relationship between the kinetic body and its surroundings. The Melbourne-based artist will draw on her personal experiences of studying ballet and dance, discover how includes shape, silhouette, bodies and architecture in her work. Lucilla Wyborn D’abrera will talk about her mother – modernist Australian painter Constance Stokes – on Wednesday 26 July. Stokes’ work will be presented as a major retrospective exhibition at the gallery from 21 July. Find out more about Stokes, a leading artist of her generation, directly from her daughter. Minna Gilligan will speak on Wednesday 30 August about her practice which includes 1970s psychedelia, technicolour dreams and fleeting personal encounters with nostalgic romanticism. The gallery is presenting an exhibition of her collages from 21 July, following on from colourful exhibitions at Heide Museum of Art and Castlemaine Art Museum. Details: Talk times are noon-1pm. The cost for individual talks is: members $12, general $15. The cost for the three talks is: members $24, general $30 (includes light buffet lunch, tea or coffee and a sweet treat). Those attending should meet at the gallery cafe, Civic Reserve, 350 Dunns Rd (corner of MorningtonTyabb and Dunns road), Mornington. Online ticketing is available. Visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 5950 1580. Bookings are essential for most events as numbers are limited.

It was “an emotional day” when Joshua farewelled Greg on his final shift working at the coffee shop. “He had went from his usual happy self, walking in the door with just a little bit of a limp to basically being in a wheelchair and not being able to open the door for himself. “I didn’t realise how much people with MS really suffer.” Joshua says swimming for 24 hours for 2500 laps of the swimming pool at PARC for the equivalent of 65km will be “a massive undertaking, a big goal”. “In reality, 24 hours of pain, fatigue, mental endurance is absolutely nothing compared to a lifetime of living with multiple sclerosis.” A strict training regime should help Joshua achieve his lofty goal and competing at triathlon has given him a taste of lapping up pain during endurance sports. “In the end, it really isn’t for me. It’s for people living with MS. It’s for them, really.” So far, he has raised about $8300 of a $24,000 target ahead of his 24-hour swim on Saturday 15 July. See msmegaswim.org.au and search for ‘Joshua Kaiser’ or call 1300 733 690 to donate. In the swim: Multiple sclerosis sufferers Dani Nebuna and James Miles with Joshua Kaiser at a MS Mega Swim fundraiser. Picture: Gary Bradshaw Photography


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