Maeve Higgins, comedian with Kaitlyn and Abigail O’Regan helped MS Ireland to officially launch the 25th MS READaTHON 2012.
MS READaTHON ambassador 11 year-old Abigail O’Regan from Clonmel, is highlighting the impact of MS on her mum and 8,000 others in Ireland.
Abigail’s mother, Alison, was diagnosed with MS when Abigail was born. She and her eight-year-old sister Kaitlyn will raise awareness of MS and encourage people to sponsor young readers taking part in the MS READaTHON.
The theme for this year’s MS READaTHON, depicted by a red monster, is ‘Hungry for Books’ – the more the young people get reading, the more books they will devour! MS READaTHON is the biggest annual fund raising initiative for MS Ireland the national organisation providing vital services, support and information for people with MS. Services that are supported included home visits, counselling and physiotherapy.
Ava Battles, CEO, MS Ireland commented: “Each year, the official launch allows us to celebrate the start of another MS READaTHON. We are delighted to mark the 25th birthday of MS READaTHON. In the very first year of MS READaTHON we were honoured to have the support of the much loved author Roald Dahl and we continue to be honoured with the support of, most importantly, young Irish readers along with Irish author’s, celebrities and the generous Irish public.”
She continued: “The funds raised during MS READaTHON for people with MS and their families are hugely relied upon to provide vital services and support. At the same time MS READaTHON also encourages children to read more! We know that reading is a fantastic way to escape into wonderful, magical worlds where anything is possible or to learn lots about new and exciting things!”
Schools and libraries around the country have now received entry forms to sign up for the 25th MS READaTHON and the reading period will take place for one month from October 12th to November 12th 2012.