The MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia
(MSA). Now in its 33rd year the MS Readathon encourages children and adults of all
ages, to read books, learn about multiple sclerosis (MS) whilst raising funds to
help people living with MS.
It’s so easy to get involved. Children simply read as many books as possible throughout
August and receive sponsorship from family and friends. They can do this by either
pledging an amount per book read or by the time they spend reading or by giving
them a donation. This money goes to support people living with MS. The children
receive a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Prime Minister and a reading
reward as a thank you for their efforts, if they raise over $30.
From birth to 6 years old children’s brains develop at an incredible rate. They
are becoming aware of their ability to do ‘things’ and reading is proven to be a
task they can learn. Babies under a year old can recognize words and often point
to or state its meaning
Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development. By
doing this you’re helping your child become familiar with sounds, words, language
and the value of books. This all builds your child’s early literacy skills, helping
them to go on to read successfully later in life. Reading stories with children
has benefits for grown-ups too. This special time together promotes bonding and
helps to build your relationship, laying the groundwork for your child’s later social,
communication and interpersonal skills.
So why not get involved in the MS Readathon right now and then find a book and sit
down and read to your child. Not only will you be helping your child and their development
you will be helping to make a difference in the lives of the 21,000 Australians
living with MS.
Check out some cool book lists below to help get you started…..