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The MS Readathon FAQs

Registering

What is the MS Readathon?

The MS Readathon is an epic reading challenge. Participants are encouraged to read as much as they can in the month of November and raise funds to help MS Ireland provide services and support for people living with Multiple Sclerosis and their families.

Can I register multiple children under one email address?

Yes! Simply click here to start the registration process for your children. Start by entering your parent or guardian details first. When you get to the ‘children’ step of registrations, simply hit the ‘add’ button to put in your child’s details. If you would like to add another child under the same email, select the ‘add another’ button. You can register up to 5 children under the one email address.

If you would like assistance with completing these registrations please feel free to give us a call on 01 6781600 and we can assist you.

I am a teacher and can't register all my pupils at once, what can I do?

The MS Readathon requires parents to register their children. There are many reasons for this, one of which is privacy. As a teacher you can register your school and create a class team here. Please note that a separate email address is required to register each participating class. Then let the parents know (eg. email/WhatsApp) to sign up their children. When you register your school/class we will email you all the info you need including a sign-up infographic that you can send on to parents.

If you would like assistance with completing these registrations please feel free to give us a call on 01 6781600  and we can assist you.

I have registered my child in the wrong school or class.

No problem, please get in touch with us at read@msreadathon.ie or call 01 6781600  and we can move them to the correct class or school for you.

I’m not registering with a school or class. Can I still register a team?

If you are registering as part of a different organisation, for example: scouts or a youth group, you can register as a team! Simply click here to complete your registration.

My child or children are not taking part with their school, can they still take part?

Yes of course! You can register your child here.

I've already registered my child to take part, can they still join a school or class after I've registered? 

Yes! Simply head to your child's dashboard and click the 'Join a school/class' button. If your child's school and/or class has already signed up, you'll be able to search for them and connect your child to their school/class. 

I’m an adult (big kid!) not registering kids, can I take part?

I am a Returning Teacher do I need to fill out all my details again? 

Simply log in using last years log in details. Hit the REGISTER button, select the School/Class option and you'll see all your personal details from lastyear. If you have any changes to make, do so then hit SAVE. Then add yourself to your school using your school roll number. Then create your class. 

I am a Returning Parent do I need to add all my details again? 

Log in using last years log in details. Hit the REGISTER button, select the CHILD option. You'll see last years details on your profile, if you need to make any changes you can do so. Hit SAVE. Then add your children's details and join them to their school if the school is participating. 

I don't want my child's real name visible to all on the site. 

Once you have registered your child you can opt to give them an alternate or nickname. Head to the SETTINGS option on your child's dashboard and you'll be given the option to create an Alternate name. This name is what will show publicly on the webiste. 

Fundraising

Is there a fundraising minimum?

There is no fundraising minimum. We encourage you and your family to raise as much as is doable for you. This could be €2 or €200. Last year participants raised €89 on average!

The most important thing is that you have fun making a difference for people who are living with Multiple Sclerosis. But remember there are loads of awesome fundraising prizes and awards to be won!

I have shared my fundraising page on Facebook but have not received the badge?

So that our system knows you have shared your page on Facebook you must share it via your dashboard.

Unfortunately, if you simply post to Facebook, not by clicking on the Facebook icon on your fundraising dashboard, we won’t be able to allocate you a badge unless you contact us.

Simply go to your fundraising dashboard here to share your page.

Do you have any resources available to help teachers?

Yes, absolutely! Please check out the teacher resources section of the website.

Do you have any resources available to help parents and kids? 

Yes, absolutely! Please check out the 'Resources' section on your child's dashboard. Or alternatively, you can also download them from the website here.

Do my individual donations tally to my school/class?

Yes! As long as you chose to ‘join a school’ or class as part of your registration,  your donations will add to your class or school tally.

Can I collect donations via a Facebook fundraiser?

KIDS & SCHOOLS 

We do not recommend setting up a Facebook Fundraiser or using the Facebook Donate button to collect donations for MS Readathon. Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, so we can’t sync these with the MS Readathon event.

Only donations collected through MS Readathon platforms will show on your fundraising page. We encourage you to share a link to your personal fundraising page instead on social media to ask friends and family to donate. 

‘BIG KIDS’

For over 18’s the 2021 MS Readathon has a private Grown Up MS Readathon Facebook Challenge group which you might like to join. Please email read@msreadathon.ie for more information. 

How do I reset my password?

To re-set your password, click the ‘login’ button on the website and simply hit the ‘forgot password?’ link.

Reading

How many books do I have to read?

There is no minimum (or maximum) amount of books you have to read! Read as many books as you can in from 1st –30th November 2021. Books can include comics, magazines, picture books, text books, novels. Anything you read, log as a book!

When do I start reading?

You can start logging your books read for the MS Readathon from November 1st 2021

You can start reading earlier, but technically, the MS Readathon is to read as much as you can from 1st –30th November.

How do I log books I’ve read or reviewed?

Log into your personal MS Readathon account that was created when you registered. Here you can go to the My Books section to log books you have read or review books read.

Parents & Children

I qualified for a free backpack, when will I receive it?

We aim to send all slap bands out within 2 weeks of registration. Please note that COVID 19 delays are still in place and postal volumes are high.

How do I personalise my Avatar?

As you hit fundraising milestones you will be sent an email with a link to update and personalise your Avatar! There are three levels of customisation for your Avatar in total. Make sure you do this with your kids, as they love selecting the different customisations! 

The three fundraising milestones to achieve are:

  1. Level 1 – Receive your first donation – choose your avatar’s head
  2. Level 2 – Raise €50 choose your avatar’s body
  3. Level 3 – Raise €100 choose your avatar’s accessory

What badges can I collect?

We have 12 MS Readathon badges and you can read about these as well as our customisable Avatars on the 'rewards' section of our website here.

Teachers

How can I enquire about a school visit?

Unfortunately at the moment due to current circumstances we are unable to offer MS Readathon Ambassador school visits in person. However, we have some amazing Ambassadors who would love to chat to your classes via Zoom or other platforms. Please contact Sarah on 01 6781600 or email read@msreadathon.ie

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