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A young boy sites with a book on his lap reading, Beside him is a pile of books.

I am unashamedly an avid reader. My son is not. He is very reward-driven though. I hadn't heard of the MS readathon for years, and in an attempt to get him to read, I went searching. Yes it still exists!  And if you are under COVID-19 stay-at-home rules, now is a great time to pick up the books for an incredible cause! Let's hope you start a great habit for your children too.

MS readathon

Since 1978 the MS readathon has been inspiring kids to read as much as they can. (And helping parents encourage rids to read.)

The rules are easy. Read whatever you like, as much as you can, throughout the month of August.

There is no fundraising minimum.

Children can register individually, or with their schools, teachers can register their class. People of all ages are able to take part. Teams can also register!

The aim is to awaken a love of reading, and at the same time, help other children who have a parent with Multiple Sclerosis. 

They say it takes 28 days to make something a habit. So you can begin early. Now is a perfect time, given many Australians are in COVID-19 stay-at-home rules right now. Books are a great way to pass time, escape to new worlds and be distracted from what is going on around us. 

To stay modern, the MS readathon has an interactive website, where kids can choose their avatar, write book reviews and rate their favourite books. The more books they read, the more virtual reward badges they collect.

What are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, go.

You can read anything, magazines, comics, picture books, chapter books, novels, non-fiction, it about starting a good habit.


To register and for more information:


1300 677 323

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