St Brigids Raymond Terrace student tops New South Wales in MS Readathon

Millie the Bookworm being presented her award, with her father Mark in attendance.
Millie the Bookworm being presented her award, with her father Mark in attendance.


RAYMOND Terrace can now lay claim to being the home of the best bookworm in New South Wales, with a ten year old avid reader taking out the MS Readathon.

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The MS Readathon is a fundraiser we have all come to know and love, with 2018 being it’s 40th anniversary of encouraging Children to read books, and raise funds and awareness at the same time for Multiple Sclerosis.

St Brigid’s Primary School student, 10-year-old Amelia Said (‘Millie the Bookworm’), read up a storm to be this year’s highest fundraiser in New South Wales for the MS Readathon.

Amelia unfortunately knows first hand how badly awareness and funds are needed for this terrible disease, with a close family member in her life suffering from MS.

Amelia doesn’t do things by halves, taking out the top fundraising spot this year in her very first MS Readathon.

She read nineteen books, and collected $2,341.68 in donations from family and friends. Students raise money for MS by getting sponsored for reading as much as they can during the month of August.

Milly’s mother, Emma, a teacher at the school located in Raymond Terrace, said that Amelia has been an enthusiastic reader from a young age.

“Once she discovered the magic of books and the great adventures they contain there was no stopping her, and she can usually be found with her head in a book.”.

For the MS Readathon she chose the name ‘Millie the Bookworm’, which describes her perfectly.

“Amelia is such a special girl and her father, and I are so very proud of her.”

“Her two greatest passions are helping others and reading, so the Readathon was a fantastic way to do both at once,” said Emma.

Whilst Amelia loves all books, her favorites for the MS Readathon were Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling.

She first read the books when she was eight and has enjoyed reading them again.

Her other favourite was the Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer and Alice Miranda.

Congratulations Amelia for your wonderful efforts to raise funds for this important cause.


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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