For over 33 years - and after about a gazillion books - the MS Readathon has been igniting a passion for reading in children, all while helping people with multiple sclerosis.
ALL About the MS Readathon
Throughout November, the rather wonderful MS Readathon takes place in schools and homes across Ireland.
It’s a simple but truly special event that helps children improve their literacy skills, develop a lasting love of reading, go on epic adventures and raise money to support people affected by MS in Ireland.
gREAT BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN
By taking part in MS Readathon, children can hugely benefit from the tremendous power of reading in many different ways:
- Improved academic performance
- Enhanced concentration and listening skills
- Increased curiosity about the world around them
- Discovering more about themselves
- Developing a lasting love of reading
- Travelling to worlds they never knew existed
TAKING PART TRULY TRANSFORMS LIVES
The money children fundraise as part of MS Readathon is incredibly important to people living with MS in Ireland and their families.
It powers vital services provided by MS Ireland that ease worries, increase confidence and improves quality of life for thousands of people. These services include our unique respite and therapy centre, Information Line phone service and one-to-one support sessions.
fundraise online or offline
Children who sign up for MS Readathon can raise money by using an online fundraising page or paper sponsorship cards – or both!
We’ve also added an individual QR code to your dashboard this year, you can either print this out or simply have your sponsors scan it from our phone and it will bring them straight to your fundraising page.
If online fundraising isn’t for you, please contact our MS Readathon team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 678 1624 if you have any questions.
super helpful resources
To help make life easier for teachers and home-schooling parents, we’ve created a range of MS Readathon resources you can easily download.
These include lesson plans for children, activity and colouring sheets and posters to promote MS Readathon and your fundraising. Take a look!
brilliant competitions & top prizes
By taking part in MS Readathon, children and schools have a great chance of getting their hands on a range of fantastic prizes.
This year, there are 22 iPads, 60 sets of wireless headphones, two bicycles, book tokens and much more, while schools can win bundles of books for their library.
Top fundraising tips & ideas
To help children maximise their MS Readathon fundraising, our experts have put together some top-notch advice to get the money rolling in.
On top of this, we’ve also listed some fundraisers that children could do at school or in their community to take their fundraising to the next level.
lots of interactive fun for kids
To encourage huge amounts of reading and lots of great fundraising, we've created a superb online experience for kids.
By logging their reading and fundraising progress, children can earn virtual reward badges, receive stars for achieving goals and build an online avatar they can customise.
Recommendations & reviews
Our online Reading Corner is a great place for children to visit if they want to learn what other kids are reading, look at book reviews by young readers and post their own reviews.
Please encourage your students or children to visit our Reading Corner. They may discover some brilliant books they’d love to read during November’s MS Readathon.
Meet our awesome school ambassadors
We have a group of wonderful MS Ambassadors who can visit children at their school or in a suitable community setting.
Our MS Ambassadors are great at making MS Readathon even more fun and explaining to children how their fundraising will help to improve the lives of people affected by MS in Ireland.
Email: email@example.com to request a visit
Your questions answered
We have a huge FAQ section that’s great at answering questions about all different aspects of MS Readathon, including registering, fundraising and avatars!
But if you do struggle to find the information you need, you can always contact our MS Readathon team for help.
They’re available on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 678 1624. Get in touch today!
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