A novel challenge for young bookworms

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JULY 1 has seen thousands of bookworms around Australia picking up their books to begin reading for a reason.

Children around Queensland are being inspired to read for any 30 days in July and August for the MS Readathon.

In 2010, the MS Readathon is inspiring kids to go on a Great Wildlife Adventure through the pages of some amazing books.

More than 10,000 Australian students have joined the MS Readathon already this year and there is still time to sign up. Participants can register online at or by collecting a registration form from their local school or library.

Participants who register online receive an MS Readathon wrist band and a K Zone or Total Girl magazine to kick-start their reading efforts.

Children are being encouraged to read as much as possible for any 30 day period in July and August. There is no set reading list. Participants are simply encouraged to read anything at their own level.

Children can read texts such as magazines, newspapers, novels, CD ROM books and website research to help reach their reading and fundraising goals.

Participants fundraise with their parent's permission by asking for sponsorship pledges from family and friends per book or minute read, or as a flat donation for their reading efforts.

Throughout Australia children and adults of all ages are taking part in the MS Readathon and the Novel Challenge. In 2009, the highest fundraiser in Gympie was 11-year-old Alysha Welman who raised an amazing $345.

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