Cancer Fund for Children is calling on schools from across Northern Ireland to get reading during Children’s Book Week (31st October – 6th November) and raise funds to support local children living with cancer.
The charity’s Read On campaign, sponsored by EUROSPAR & VIVOXTRA, is a sponsored reading initiative that encourages both Primary and Secondary pupils to read for fun, whilst also raising money to support local children living with cancer in Northern Ireland and their families.
During Children’s Book Week, the charity hopes that as many schools as possible will be taking part in the campaign, to help meet their £115,000 target to support local families affected by cancer.
Funds raised will help Cancer Fund for Children to provide practical, emotional and financial support to families going through treatment, as well as free therapeutic short breaks to those affected by the illness.
Cancer Fund for Children’s School Fundraiser, Rebecca Oates, explains:
“ReadOn is a perfect example of children helping other children through something as wonderful as reading. ReadOn is a fun and educational campaign for primary and secondary schools, and is perfect for Children’s Book Week, which is only two weeks away.”
Belfast Royal Academy in North Belfast are one school who have proudly supported ReadOn for many years. English Teacher Jo Buchan added:
“Belfast Royal Academy has been taking part in Read On for well over a decade now. It provides our students with an opportunity to enjoy a positive reading experience, whilst also contributing to a very worthy cause.
“Each year, we are delighted to raise around £3,000 for Cancer Fund for Children. Through taking part in ReadOn, we are invited to attend an open day at Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break facility every year. Pupils get a welcome ‘day out’ from school routine but importantly also get to see how their money helps others.”
Schools that sign up will receive a free ReadOn pack with posters and teachers resources. Every pupil will receive a bookmark and pencil as a thank you and your school may also be in with a chance of receiving a visit from Ollie, our ReadOn owl. Our School’s Fundraiser can also visit your school to introduce ReadOn and explain the work of the charity.
For a free ReadOn pack and information about how to get involved simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 9080 5599.