Young readers in County Tipperary are completing the 31st MS Readathon reading hundreds of books to help people with Multiple Sclerosis

Young readers in County Tipperary are completing the 31st MS Readathon, reading hundreds of books between them over one month, to raise funds for vital services for people with Multiple Sclerosis locally.

 

MS Ireland, the national services, information and advocacy organisation supporting people with MS and their families, is encouraging students in schools and home readers as they finish a month of reading. This year the MS Readathon ran from October 12th until November 12th 2018. Please visit www.msreadathon.ie to find out more.

 

The MS Readathon is Ireland’s biggest sponsored reading initiative when young readers raise funds for vital services to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis in local communities.

 

Ireland’s authors and illustrators continue to support the MS Readathon with encouraging tips and advice for young readers which can be found on www.msreadathon.ie

 

On reading and books, asked what trait best describes her favourite character in a story, author Marita Conlon McKenna says: “I think many of my favourite characters in a story contain most of these traits [brave, adventurous, mischievous, clever]. However, if I have to pick one my very favourite is Matilda, who is clever and brave, adventurous and mischievous too!”

The author continues: “Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games definitely has all these qualities too. Heidi, Dicey Tillerman, Laura Ingalls, Jo March, I just love clever, brave girls!”

As a new era of MS Readathon begins, the children’s author says, encouraging children to read: “Being able to pick up a book and read it is probably one of the most important things in my life. I cannot imagine my life without story and words and seeing pictures in my head.   Life would be so boring without books and the incredible stories that I have read ever since I was five years old. The stories may have got bigger and I may have got older but that same excitement of reading has never ever changed.”

Kieran Crowley, children’s author, says that the best thing about reading an exciting book is, “getting lost in a completely different world, turning the pages of the book desperate to know what happens next and then suddenly realising that it’s two o’clock in the morning and I should be asleep, but maybe just one more chapter before I turn the lights out?”

 

Encouraging young readers to pick up a book he advises, “Some people think they don’t like reading when all that’s wrong is that they haven’t found the right book yet. Go to your local bookshop or library and tell them what you’re interested in and they’ll find a book to suit you. Don’t think of books as something difficult – they’re stories, just like films or video games, and stories are brilliant.”

 

More than 9,000 people are living with MS in Ireland, with thousands more family members affected. Multiple Sclerosis, meaning ‘many scars’, is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Ireland. MS affects the motor, sensory and cognitive functioning of the body and is usually diagnosed between 20 and 40 years of age. There is currently no known cause or cure for the condition. MS symptoms include impaired mobility and vision, severe fatigue and cognitive difficulties. Three times more women than men are diagnosed with MS.

 

Funds raised by young readers around the country directly support vital services, for example the MS Ireland Information Line, enabling one-to-one support for those newly diagnosed, physiotherapy and exercise classes to help people with MS remain independent, and respite care.

 

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

 

To get involved with the 31st MS Readathon 2018:

Visit:                          www.msreadathon.ie

Email:                       read@msreadathon.ie

Phone:                    01 678 1624

 

For more information on MS and MS Ireland, visit our website on www.ms-society.ie, call our information line on 1850 233 233 or email info@ms-society.ie.

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