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Not all heroes wear capes, but we bet they all love to read! Inspire your kids to embark on a heroic journey to read as much as they can during November.

About the MS Readathon

With about a gazillion books read since the MS Readathon began in 1988, we like to think we know a thing or two about getting kids reading. Kids love the MS Readathon and it is a great way to get your children reading more! Reading takes children on incredible journeys of discovery—it awakens their imagination and builds their confidence.

OVER 30 YEARS OF READING!

Do you remember the MS Readathon from your own school days?

The concept hasn’t changed: read whatever you like, as much as you can, throughout the reading month in return for sponsorship from family and friends. 2020 saw us start a fun new chapter, with the development of our amazing, new interactive fundraising website where children can rate and review the books they read, collect badges and virtual rewards and much more! 

Get started now by hitting the REGISTER NOW button or check out our FAQ

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Conquer fundraising

We’re putting the fun into fundraising, making it easy for parents to track their child's tally and celebrate every win. Each child can earn Reward Badges for the goals they achieve. The best way to kick off fundraising is to make a donation to your child's page! This will inspire your family and friends to also donate to your child’s page. Once you have donated, don’t forget to share it on social media. You can check out our top fundraising tips here to get you started. Your fundraising quest will be easier than you think!

Fundraising Tips

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Resources and fun things!

Whether your child is discovering their inner hero, embarking on a great quest, or taking a journey beyond the stars in November - we have something they will love. Head to our resources page to download rainy day colouring in, printable bookmarks, posters, and so much more. Or, if you’re looking for a little advice on the fundraising side of things, don’t worry, we have some great ideas!


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MS Readathon & Languages Connect 

Taking part in a second language

Do you have a bi-lingual bookworm in your class or a student who’d like to challenge themselves a bit more by doing the MS Readathon in a language other than Irish or English?

We’ve teamed up for a second year with our pals at Languages Connect to help promote reading in other languages at home and who are sponsoring two extra iPads. To be in with a chance to win one of these, participants must raise €50 or more and read and log foreign language books (excludes English & Irish).

Each €50 raised gets you another entry into the draw. BUT PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU ARE READING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE email read@msreadathon.ie

Languages Connect promotes the many advantages of learning foreign languages making new friends, connecting with family, learning about other cultures and places, finding interesting careers and lots more.

If your family has a heritage language other than English or Irish, we would encourage you to take this opportunity to read together in that language – enjoy sharing your language skills with another generation!

Maybe you just feel like trying something new there are so many languages to choose from. If you need help deciding, check out the Explore Languages section of our website.

For ideas of what to read, check out the Reading List in our Library section.

For all the latest Languages Connect updates check out www.languagesconnect.ie or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

HOW YOU ARE HELPING

Funds raised from the MS Readathon will help fund vital support services for people living with MS and their families. Our helpline is often the first point of contact for people newly diagnosed with MS. Here they can talk through their diagnosis with an MS nurse, who will then direct them on to one of our wonderful regional workers, who in turn will arrange physio sessions, meet-ups, newly diagnosed weekends, young persons’ meet-ups and much, much more. Without your participation in the Readathon we wouldn’t be able to provide this.

Privacy

Concerned about your child’s privacy?

Don’t worry, so are we. Personal information is only available when you are logged in to your dashboard, and no one will be granted access to your child’s details. This year, we have de-indexed the site from Google so your child’s name will not appear if searched for in Google. We won’t ask your child for a photo, instead we have created 6 awesome MS Readathon Avatars that will take your kids on their reading journey. Any third party sites we recommend are monitored to make sure they remain child friendly, however, we can’t be held responsible for changes to content.

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