Ms Readathon Awards Ceremony

Ciara Ryan from Nenagh, Tipperary attended the MS READaTHON awards ceremony in Dundrum, Dublin on the 9th March. Board Member of MS Ireland Emma Rogan is pictured with Ciara and Bridgit Ryan.

Well known children’s author Judi Curtin joined staff of MS Ireland to say thank you to some of the participants of the 2010 MS READaTHON who read 500,000 books and raised over €730,000 for people with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland.

Judi Curtin was among 300 guests at the recent MS READaTHON awards ceremony where MS Ireland thanked a selection of the 20,000 young people, teachers and families from all over Ireland who participated in this year’s MS READaTHON, a sponsored read in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland.  MS Ireland board member Emma Rogan and sponsors The O’Brien Press handed out some prizes to the winners which included schools from as far away as Donegal to as near as Dundrum. Ciara Ryan from Nenagh, Tipperary received a prize on the day.

The 23rd MS READaTHON kicked off last September with over 630 schools  ‘Reading and Raising for a Wordy Cause’ – an astonishing 500,000 books were read by pupils, aged 6-16 years, nationwide during October and November last year, raising a fantastic sum of €730,000 to fund services for families affected by MS, a progressive neurological condition that impacts the motor, sensory and cognitive functioning of the body.

120 lucky award winners who had their names drawn from a hat on Den TV, were presented with a range of exciting prizes at the ceremony. Magicians, face painters and a host of moms, dads, brothers and sisters cheered the winners on their achievements.  Hardworking teachers who volunteered their time to organise their schools’ participation were not forgotten, with Mary O’Connell Murphy from Salesian Secondary College in Limerick, winning a top prize of a €1,500 travel voucher.  Some nine schools won “Ten Year Awards” for consecutively participating in the fundraiser for ten years.  The most envied prize of them all – a trip to see Liverpool play at Anfield was won by student Padraig Dennis from Dublin and Jack Staed from Clare walked away with a brand new Ipad.  There was also a range of special achievement awards for children who overcame difficult circumstances to complete the month long reading period.

Cheryl Gunning, MS READaTHON Manager at MS Ireland said, ““The awards ceremony is a chance for MS Ireland to thank some of the many students, teachers, schools and families who support people with MS through the MS READaTHON.  The ongoing success of the campaign would not be possible without the support we receive from the public.  The recession has hit MS Ireland hard with our overall funding falling every year which puts more pressure on fundraising.  Now, more than ever, fundraising campaigns such as the MS READaTHON are vitally important to sustain our services to people with MS.  Although every child participating in the campaign receives a thank you gift, today’s ceremony is an extra thank you to those who played an extra special part in MS READaTHON as well as sponsors such as The O’Brien Press for their ongoing support”.

Everyone at the Awards Ceremony were treated to face painters, magicians, sweets and treats and a special screening of “Rango”.

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