Bosko the MS Readathon mascot. Photo by Stacey King.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system which affects over 23,000 Australians. Now in it's 36 year the MS Readathon is an annual event which raises money to help people with the disease lead more comfortable lives by funding services and equipment that they need.
The Readathon used to be just for children, though it is now open to adult participants as well, and is very popular in Australian schools.
Did you ever do the Readathon as a kid? Do you participate now?
This is my second year participating in this event, which somehow I never discovered as a child when I was devouring books like the Cookie Monster anyway. I don't have as much time to read these days, but I try, and will be donating $5 per book I get through. Here is my fundraising link:
No, I hadn't heard about it until you mentioned it! I'm not much of a one for sponsored events, I would rather just make a straightforward donation to a good cause! But something like this is promoting reading as well as educating people about a medical condition so I hope it is successful.
Yes I have! 28yrs ago now. We used to do it in primary school. One year I raised $54, it seemed like a million dollars to me! But I have a confession to make *gulp*
The truth is that I didn't read all the books ….. I sat next to the book shelf and copied some titles down. Please no one contact my sponsors, I'd hate to have to repay the money. The guilt nearly ate me alive so I'm glad to have gotten it off my chest.
The MS Readathon was around when I was in primary school, but although I was (and still am) an avid reader, I never participated. Even though it was for a good cause, I think people would have been hesitant to sponsor me because they would have been forking out quite a lot of money by the end of the reading period! I wouldn't mind doing it next year though...