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 31st annual MS Readathon 2018 has just launched with charity partners Leinster Rugby, and MS ambassador Jordan Byrne who is living with MS, as well as new MS Readathon character Bobby Bookworm. Bookworms – get your reading wiggle on for a great cause! It’s MS Readathon Time!

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Jordan Byrne, 23 years old, was diagnosed with MS on New Year’s Day 2015. Jordan wishes to spread awareness for young people diagnosed with MS so that they can have someone their own age to talk to about it. She says: “I may have MS but MS has not got me.”

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…”.

In 2017, almost 9,000 young readers in schools around the country took part last year, reading over 85,000 books in total and raising funds for people with Multiple Sclerosis in their community.

The 31st MS Readathon will take place from October 12th to November 12th 2018.

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Read And Help Charity at The Same Time

30th MS ReadathonYoung readers participating in the 31st MS Readathon can get their reading lists ready by checking the 2018 lists on featuring great books for kids from the new to the classics.

Ireland’s authors and illustrators are great supporters of the MS Readathon each year. They include Sarah Webb, Cecelia Ahern, Nicola Pierce, Catherine Doyle, Oisin McGann, Aine NiGhlinn, Ruth F Long, Erika McGann, Kieran Crowley, Chris Haughton, Claire Hennessy, Alan Nolan, Judi Curtin, Alan Early, Anna Carey, PJ Lynch, Matt Griffin, Marisa Mackle, and Pauline McLynn. This year, they have also shared their advice on reading during the campaign.

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 12th this money should be sent back to MS Ireland.

There are some great rewards and prizes up for grabs too!

And for participating schools around the country, the 31st MS Readathon will provide:

  • Information leaflets and posters for each class
  • A reading certificate for each participant
  • Many fantastic rewards and prize draws
  • Up to 10% of funds raised by each participating school may go towards the individual school

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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 2018 MS Readathon? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!


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