A marathon that’s been running for 40 years

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ROHAN Abbey, 9, is doing the MS Readathon for his mother, Susan Abbey. Picture: Gary Sissons

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Susan Abbey has been an MS Readathon Ambassador for four years.

The Tyabb resident is a frequent visitor to Mornington Peninsula schools where she talks about her condition and encourages children to read more.

This year the MS Readathon is raising money for families to attend special MS Camps which Ms Abbey says give those living with MS timeout and a chance to meet others.

Pupils raise money for MS by seeking sponsorship for reading as many books as they can during August.

“We appreciate the efforts of the young readers and their teachers and families that participate each year,” Multiple Sclerosis Limited’s head of individual giving Natasha Duncan said.

“The good news is that all kinds of reading counts: even blogs and magazines, and this year the more you read, and the more you fundraise, the more you are rewarded.”

MS Readathon ambassador and children’s book expert Lucinda Dodds said “books can take kids on an adventure, make them laugh and help them learn.”

The current MS Readathon offers an interactive website-based challenge for primary and junior secondary school-aged children to read whatever they like during August.

The new website gives children the opportunity to rate and review books as well as collect reward badges online.

First published in the Western Port News – 14 August 2018

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