Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

July 21, 2009 06:00 ET

Students Excel in Meeting the Challenge From the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 21, 2009) - The 31st MS Read-A-Thon to benefit the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has now ended. In all, 74 elementary and secondary schools participated, for a total of 4,200 students, $99,500 was raised and over 24,000 books read. During a two-week period, the youngsters read as many books as possible and collected pledges from sponsors. This challenge is both educational and charitable: the students raise funds to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research, which is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada, and to provide services to the 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers who have MS and their families.

To encourage and thank the participating students, Whynter Lamarre, spokesperson for the MS Read-A-Thon and a member of the Canadian national water polo team, visited the Twin Oaks elementary school. The students had a great opportunity to meet the athlete who showed them her medals and answered their questions.

Whynter said she was very pleased to be associated with the MS Read-A-Thon for a fifth year, and encouraged all the kids to sign up for the MS Read-A-Thon. The event gives children a chance to discover the exciting world of literature while contributing to a future without MS. Not only do the students enjoy the benefits of reading, they also learn to help others through supporting the MS Society in its mission.

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Contact Information

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
    Quebec Division
    Nadia Martineau, Communications Coordinator
    514-849-7591 ext. 245
    1-800-268-7582 (toll-free within Quebec)