By Ballyclare High School on 15 January, 2020


Over the last 16 years the Co. Antrim grammar school has taken part in our ReadOn challenge, a sponsored reading event that encourages pupils to read for pleasure whilst raising vital funds to support children and young people impacted by cancer in Northern Ireland.

Since Ballyclare High School’s first ReadOn challenge in 2004 over 10,000 pupils have taken part raising a staggering £108,657 and thousands of books have been read in the process. The school once again excelled in 2019 raising £6,520 and fended off 49 other schools to win the ReadOn trophy for Top Fundraising School.

Mrs Colville, an English teacher and ReadOn Co-ordinator at Ballyclare High School explains the why the sponsored reading initiative is so successful and has become a firm fixture in the school’s calendar.

“ReadOn is simple, fun and educational. It encourages pupils to pick up a book and show an interest in reading. With all the technology available nowadays, for young teenagers especially, I feel it is more important than ever to encourage them to read and use their imagination. Importantly by raising money for Cancer Fund for Children, ReadOn also helps reinforce the importance of doing something to help others.”

In the lead up to World Book Day on 5th March 2020, we are encouraging other schools to join Ballyclare High School and help celebrate the importance of reading by taking part in ReadOn.

The concept is simple pupils are asked to read a book or books in return for sponsorship from friends and family and every school that signs up receives a free ReadOn pack with posters, teaching resources and a bookmark and pencil for participating pupil.

Cancer Fund for Children’s School Fundraiser, Rebecca Oates, adds,

“ReadOn is a perfect example of children helping other children through something as wonderful as reading and World Book Day is the perfect time to take part and encourage pupils to make use of the excellent resource, they have in their own school library. Registration is easy. Simply sign up online or call me 028 9080 5599 or email  I can also come along to an assembly at your school to introduce ReadOn and tell children more about Cancer Fund for Children.”

Cancer Fund for Children supports children and young people diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with cancer.  All the money raised by local schools will help us provide practical and emotional support and free therapeutic short breaks to help young people  cope better with the impact cancer has on their young lives.

Find out more about our ReadOn campaign here.