Can you believe that MS Readathon is celebrating its 30th campaign this year? Over the years, this nationwide sponsored read has really become an important event and a beloved landmark in the life of our schools in Ireland.

Its so simple to sign up by clicking here.

Every year, the month-long Readathon shines a national spotlight on the wonderful power of reading to illuminate our children’s imagination, development and learning.

And crucially, it also engages children in a truly noble endeavour: raising vital funds for people facing the daily challenge of life with MS.

During last year’s Readathon, Ireland’s voracious young readers raised a whopping €325,000 to help provide practical support to people with MS.

They changed the lives of so many people in your area affected by MS.

The MS Readathon would not be the success it is without the Teachers and Principals who champion it in schools up and down the country – finding the time and enthusiasm to take part, despite all the pressures of the school term.

Come join in the fun and celebrate the reedition’s 30th year from October 13th to November 13th. Remember, each child can read at their own pace, and the bulk of the reading happens in the child’s home, so it causes minimum disruption to class time!

Not long after the birth of Readathon in Ireland, Roald Dahl was featured in our magazine, MS News, in Autumn 1988. This was his message for children about Readathon:

“…now that Readathon has come along, you children have a golden chance of persuading all these grown-ups to cough up extra dollops of cash. I believe that good parents and relatives will gladly do this because they know that with Readathon, you are improving your minds by reading books…you are also raising money for a wonderful charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. Do please join up and help yourselves while helping others at the same time!” – Roald Dahl, 1988.

This insight from a truly extraordinary writer – and the creator of Matilda, the ultimate young reader! – burns as brightly now as it did almost 30 years ago. Even though Roald Dahl has sadly passed on, his many books still cast a spell on children all over Ireland.

So we’re determined, with your help, to make a huge push this year to make Readathon a wonderful success. To make sure more children than ever participate.

To encourage non-readers to dive into books and seasoned readers to do more of what they love.

And crucially, to make a practical and life-changing difference for people living with MS.

We really hope your school will get involved this year, and that teachers will encourage their students to take part in the MS Readathon adventure also. We can’t do it without you!

Its so simple to sign up by clicking here.

Or if you prefer, just give us a call right now at (01) 678 1600. We’re here to help every step of the way.

Remember, you can also choose for up to 10% of the funds raised to go back to your school, which might make your students’ lives a little better (and your job a little easier!) in the year ahead.

We hope your school will be joining us for this year’s 30th MS Readathon!