KIDS HELPING KIDS
There are thousands of families living with MS in Australia. You can find out more about MS and the impact it can have on their lives.
All funds raised from the MS Readathon will help fund vital support and services, which include residential and in-home care, speech therapy and physio, camps, fun days and resources for kids. MS Family Camps and Fun Days are in huge demand, for these families it is a rare chance to have a fun time with all the care and support their family needs.
Here is a video we made to show you what the Family Camps and Fun Days mean to these kids
Meet Bronwyn Saunders, soon to be a published author, life long MS Readathon participant, MS Readathon Ambassador, who lives with MS!
Bronwyn has been taking part in the MS Readathon since she was a child as a way to support her mum who also lives with MS.
This year, her two children are taking part in the magical reading adventure, following their mum’s legacy creating a second generation making a difference for those living with MS and their families.
Bronwyn won a Go For Gold Scholarship from MS Plus which gave her an opportunity to explore the possibility of publishing a children's book and kick start a new career.
Brownyn’s book Diprotodon: A Megafauna Journey is set to be published in October but her two children will be reading it in this year’s Readathon.
It’s a children’s non-fiction picture book about a day in the life of the diprotodon –a 2,700kg megafauna, the largest marsupial to have ever lived!
Thank you to Bronwyn for the incredible support of the MS Readathon! We are so thankful for your continued support!
When Megan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she feared she wouldn’t be able to be the mother that her children Sophie and Finn deserved. She says, “I went through quite a panic after I was first diagnosed, and tried to finish off all their photo books, because I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it. I was so worried I wouldn't be able to do that sort of thing anymore.”
For children who have a parent with MS it’s often difficult to understand that mum or dad can’t always go for bike rides or kick the footy with them in the backyard. On top of this, a sense of connection with other kids their own age can be harder to achieve. Kids can struggle with feelings of difference, or not understanding why their parent with MS can’t do many of the things parents without MS can.
MS is hard for adults to accept; it’s even harder for children to understand.
Funds raised will help people living with multiple sclerosis access vital services, like MS Family Camps. Megan says the camps are, "a great opportunity for the kids to just be kids for the weekend and meet friends who also have a mum or dad just like me."
That’s why the MS Readathon is so important.
My name is Zach. I’m 9 years old and I’ve just signed up to do the MS Readathon this year.
I’m extra excited about the MS Readathon this year because last year I had so much fun at the MS Family Camp. This picture is of my sister Charlotte, brother Oliver and me from camp last year (that's me in the middle!). Camp is awesome...There’s a flying fox, and my mum went on the flying fox—which was so cool because she’s normally really tired because she has multiple sclerosis.
I’m so excited to read because reading is the best thing ever. When you read a book, you go to whole new worlds and you can also help families like mine.
My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the best thing about Harry Potter books is that there are seven of them! And that’s exactly how many books I want to read during this year’s MS Readathon!