22 schools in Louth join the
25th MS

22 schools in County Louth join in to read and raise in 25th MS READaTHON

22 schools in County Louth join in to read and raise in 25th MS READaTHON

The MS READaTHON is the biggest school-based reading initiative in Ireland and the key annual fundraising campaign of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

The annual MS READaTHON ‘reading’ survey has revealed that we are a nation of bookworms with 64% of respondents claiming to read daily.

One in five pick up a book at least once a week, with 13% waiting for opportunities like holidays to get stuck into a novel.

An overwhelming 95% of people surveyed said that reading gives them pleasure, with two out of three opting to curl up with a book over other forms of entertainment.

When asked about their favourite type of book, over half chose fiction with 38% saying that they will read anything and everything. 7% prefer non-fiction and 3% opt for biographies or autobiographies. Two out of five people admitted that they have pretended to read a well-known book just to seem more intelligent!

On the subject of e-books, a quarter of those surveyed read them all the time, 10% choose e-books on holidays however 65% say they would always opt for a hard copy. 85% of all respondents say they still prefer hard copy books, despite a half admitting that the availability of e-books makes it more convenient to fit reading into their daily lifestyles.

The third annual survey marked the final reading week for MS READaTHONers as they call on friends and family to sponsor their efforts over the past month. This year represents the 25th annual MS READaTHON with 580 schools taking part throughout the country.

For more information on the MS READaTHON telephone 01 678 1600, email read@msreadathon.ie or visit www.msreadathon.ie