Feel the need to read

The MS Readathon is back for another year. (L to R) Peyton (9), Kaida (6) and Paige (10). Pic Marco De Luca

By Ewen McRae

Local children are encouraged to pick up a book throughout August, as the MS Readathon hots up.

The long-standing fundraiser supports participants to read as much as possible during the month of August and ask friends and family to sponsor them, with funds raised going to sending people living with multiple sclerosis on family camps.

With 16,0000 students already registered to participate, the MS Readathon is Australia’s most popular reading marathon for kids.

The MS Community Shop in Melton is offering a free book every day in August for Melton and Moorabool children taking part in the fundraiser.

MS Community Shop manager Maxine Brown said she hoped local children with a love of reading would take advantage of the offer.

“We have a great selection of books from adventure and action series to funny books,” Ms Brown said.

“There’s something of interest for everyone. The MS Readathon is a major fundraiser for us to support families battling this debilitating disease to relax and spend quality time together at MS Family Camps without being overshadowed by the pressures of having MS.

“Everyone in our community has a connection to someone with multiple sclerosis.”

Children must be under 16 to receive one free book per day from a special selection in the MS Shop until August 31.

The shop also welcome additional donations of children’s books.

The MS Community shop is at 53 Bakery Square, Melton.

Details: www.msreadathon.org.au