Dalriada’s Amazing Reading Challenge!

Today Dalriada School had 2024 reasons to celebrate reading, after pupils read their way through hundreds of books to rise over £2,024 to support a local children’s cancer charity.

During October the school took part in the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund

for Children’s (NICFC) sponsored ReadOn initiative, which challenges pupils to read as many books as possible in a week, to help local children living with cancer.

This is the second year that Dalriada has participated in the NICFC’s ReadOn initiative, which raises money to support children and young people aged between 0-24years old who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families.One vital service is the Family Programme which provides families nursing a child with cancer with a Support Worker for a few hours each week. The NICFC currently employs four Family Support Workers who are trained to help parents and children both at home and in hospital, by providing them with someone to talk to, help with household tasks and by engaging children in constructive play.

Miss Hilary Timmons, English teacher and ReadOn Coordinator at Dalriada was amazed by the pupil’s enthusiasm to read as much as they could to support the charity, “Participation in ReadOn is a great way to promote literacy whilst encouraging pupils to empathise with children less fortunate than themselves and by making this a fundraising event, it gives pupils an added sense of purpose.”

Joanne Steele, Fundraiser for the NICFC adds, “It is almost unbearable to try and imagine what it would be like to be told that your child has cancer, yet every week in Northern Ireland another three families are told this devastating news. It is thanks to the generosity and support of schools like Dalriada that the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children is able to meet the needs of hundreds of families coming to terms with a childhood cancer diagnosis. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils, school staff and local community for doing something amazing for local families affected by cancer.”

For more information about the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children please contact 028 9080 5599 or visit www.nicfc.com