Bookworms Get Reading For a Great Cause! It’s MS Readathon Time!

Sofia Haughton, Anahita Mathur, Momoka Takeguchi and Abigail Lester all aged 11 from John Scottus primary school Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

The annual MS Readathon 2019 has just launched. Bookworms – get your reading wiggle on for a great cause! It’s MS Readathon Time!

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MS Readathon’s story began in 1988 when the well-loved children’s author Roald Dahl launched the first ever campaign. Now the MS Readathon is over 30 years old with thousands of children taking part each year.


MS Readathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage young children to read.

It encourages those who already seasoned bookworms and helps those who seldom read to rediscover the sense of wonder and adventure they once felt when they first heard “Once upon a time”.

What is the MS Readathon?

MS ReadathonThe MS Readathon encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause.

For kids who are already bookworms, it’s a chance to perhaps challenge themselves with longer, more advanced books.

For children who aren’t so keen on reading, the MS Readathon can help them rediscover the wonder they felt when they first heard those magic words “Once upon a time…”.

The MS Readathon will take place from October 11th to November 11th 2019.

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Read And Help Charity at The Same Time

30th MS Readathon

Taking part in the MS Readathon is easy – just sign up at and start reading. Your child can pick whatever books they like, and as many as they like, then ask friends and family to sponsor them. After November 11th this money should be sent back to MS Ireland.

There are really great reading rewards up for grabs – including 10 brand new iPads!

Fancy yourself as a bit of a bi-lingual bookworm??

Or a bookworm who’d like to challenge themselves a bit more by doing the MS Readathon in a language other than Irish or English?

This year MS READathon have teamed up Languages Connect who have very kindly sponsored two extra iPads this year. To be in with a chance to win one of these, simply raise €80 or more and read over half of your books in a foreign language (excludes English or Irish).

And for participating schools around the country, the MS Readathon will provide:

  • Information leaflets and posters for each class
  • individual sponsorship packs for each child (including letter to their parents)
  • There are book review competitions and prizes galore throughout the month, book lists, the chance to win one of ten iPads, as well as reading rewards for all participants.

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Over 9,000 people have MS in Ireland. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease, the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults in Ireland, which is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. Three times as many women as men are affected, and there is no known cause or cure for MS.

MS Ireland is the national organisation providing service, information and support to the whole MS community.

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Is your child taking part in the 2019 MS Readathon? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!


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