Kaitlin devours just a few books
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
KAITLIN Evans didn't leave a page unturned when she ploughed her way through an incredible 170 books in only six weeks.
The eight-year-old has entered the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Readathon competition for the past two years, and has a real love for books.
She worked hard to burrow through the 170 books, while also raising money for Multiple Sclerosis Australia.
Kaitlin said she raised $120 to support people living with MS.
"The readathon allowed me to enjoy the fun of reading while also raising money for a good cause and having the chance to win some fantastic prizes,'' she said.
"I won some felt pens, a video, books, a bag, cards, scrap book and exercise book.
"Reading is great fun, I love it.
"I have to read a book each day for school.
"I also enjoy to read on the weekend, it's great fun.''
Kaitlin said the 170 books varied in size from large to small and all the in betweens.
She said she was required to write down each book and the date she read it and have the record signed by her mother.
MS Readathon patron and federal Minister for Education, Science and Training Dr Brendan Nelson congratulated the many children who combined to focus on reading books and developing their literacy skills, and on raising money for such a worthwhile cause.
"The children who took part in the 2005 MS Readathon are a credit to their schools, teacher and parents,'' he said.
"Their efforts will make a real difference to the lives of Australians with MS.''
He said MS was the most common disease of the central nervous system among young Australians.
"It interferes with the brain's ability to control functions such as seeing, walking and talking and there is no known cause or cure,'' he said.
Dr Nelson said Calliope State School was also to be congratulated.
"They were the top fundraising school in the Gladstone Edu-cation District where 13 students read an impressive 400 books and raised more than $1000 for MS,'' he said.