Hundreds of children across Hepburn Shire buried their noses in books over the past few months as part of reading challenges.
Seven-year-old Makayla Lendrec-Doggett raised over $3000 during the MS-Read-A-Thon.
The St Michaels Primary School pupil read 104 books within a month to raise funds for multiple sclerosis, a cause close to her heart. Makayla’s dad Michael was diagnosed with MS in February last year.
Makayla’s mum Ana Lendrec said she was proud of her daughter’s achievement.
“We are incredibly proud of her, and thank all the family, friends and community that helped her reach beyond her initial goal,” she said.
Makayla’s fundraising efforts place her third on a state leader board.
Meanwhile, other young readers across the shire have taken part in the Premiers Reading Challenge, an initiative which aims to encourage young people to read more often.
Daylesford Primary School, Daylesford Dharma School, Bullarto Primary School and Drummond Primary School were among a list of local schools participating in the challenge.
Students in Years three to ten needed to read 15 books or more in the six months from March to September to complete the challenge.
Students in prep, year one and year two were challenged to read or experience 30 books.
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said the Premiers Reading Challenged helped the state encourage young people to read more books from an earlier age.
“I want to congratulate the all of the avid readers across the Hepburn Shire who participated in this year’s challenge – you should be very proud of what you have achieved,” Ms Thomas said.
“We want our students to be reading books from an early age and this challenge is helping young Victorians realise the joys and benefits of reading from a young age.”
Visit https://www.doitforms.org.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=5291 to contribute to Makayla’s fundraising effort.