- More than $21,000 raised for Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA
- Thousands of children participated in challenge
West Australians living with multiple sclerosis were given a boost by the summer holiday reading efforts of thousands of children.
Premier Colin Barnett said children raised more than $21,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia (MS Society) when they were reading for the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Mr Barnett said thousands of children from kindergarten to year 7 had taken part in the 2011-12 challenge, which joined forces with the MS Society for the first time.
“The merging of the MS Readathon and the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge also resulted in additional funds for the MS Society,” he said.
“This is great news for children’s literacy and wonderful news for the MS Society.”
Education Minister Liz Constable congratulated the major prize winner of the challenge.
“Year 5 student Jonathan Vagg from Gooseberry Hill Primary School has won the randomly selected grand prize - a family holiday to ‘Explore Western Australia’ valued at $6,000 thanks to QBE Insurance,” Dr Constable said.
All students who finished the challenge will receive a certificate signed by the Premier, and hundreds will be the lucky recipients of spot prizes ranging from e-readers to iPods and hard copy books.
Sophie Chadorowski of Inglewood and Nicole Jarvis of Bassendean won parent prizes, each picking up a Kobo e-reader for taking the Parent Challenge to read for 15 hours.
MS Society chief executive officer Marcus Stafford said he was delighted with the results of the first Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.
“The children who took part in the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge who chose to fundraise for the MS Society between them raised $21,159,” Mr Stafford said.
“This money will enable us to continue to help West Australians with MS and their families and offer a wide range of services to all our members across WA.
“We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our highest fundraiser, Katelyn Johns, 9, from Kingsway Christian College who raised $1,190. Through her efforts, and those of others like her, we're able to make the world a better place for people living with this devastating condition."
For more tips on how parents can support their children’s reading see: http://det.wa.edu.au/schoolsandyou
Challenge sponsored by QBE Insurance, Fremantle Press and Disney’s The Muppets
- Hundreds of prize winners are listed on the Challenge website:
Premier’s office - 6552 5000
Education Minister’s office - 6552 5700