The MS Readathon team is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural MS Readathon
one day event – ‘60 MinuteS for MS’
This year we are proud to be partnering with the National Year of Reading, a project
initiated by Australian libraries and library associations, whose primary message
for 2012 is “share a book with your child/students for 10 minutes a day, an hour
To coincide with this exciting project and offer schools a new way to read and fundraise
for MS Australia, we are launching our one day event ’60 MinuteS for MS’, which
will take place on 24 August, preceding the National Year of Reading’s ‘Reading
Hour’ on 25 August.
Any school can participate, even if you are already taking part in the month-long
MS Readathon program. Getting involved in this new event is a fantastic way to round
off your month of reading and celebrate your fundraising success!
Taking part in ’60 MinuteS for MS’ is as easy as A, B C. All you need to do is:
- Register for ‘60 MinuteS for MS’ by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button on this page
- Create your school fundraising page
- Hold reading activities on August 24th
- Collect fundraising and return to MS Readathon
- HAVE FUN!
There will be some great competitions happening throughout the year for the schools
involved and the opportunity for one lucky school to receive a visit from a Penguin
’60 MinuteS for MS’ can be as big or small as you like and involve anything from
students reading in a small group to the entire school taking part and getting really
creative! The only limit is your imagination!
If you think this event is something that your school would like to get involved
in, but can’t think of what activity to hold here are a few ideas, to get you excited:
- Ask your students to come to school dressed as their favourite story book character.
- Create a ‘reading chair’ in the classroom (the children could decorate it). The
students could then take turns in sitting in the chair to read on the 24th.
- Students wear red for the day, spray their hair red (appropriate spray that washes
out of course!)
- Students bring a parent/grandparent into school to read with them.
- Students bring in their favourite book and create a ‘flash mob’ in the classroom/playground
by spontaneously sitting and reading for a short time.
- Ask students to share with the class who their ‘Reading Super Hero’ is.
- Share the magic of story telling by holding your very own story telling party.