If you follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, you would have probably seen me flitting around talking about a fundraising event which is coming up at the end of the year. Myself, along with 6 others have joined forces to organise some online events in order to raise money for Readathon Hospitals, a charity that donate books to seriously ill children in hospitals all around the UK. We loved this charity and what they do and with all of us being book bloggers (and 1 author!) something to do with books was an absolute must.
So… Tell us more about the charity
Readathon Hospitals aim to make the lives of children who are in hospital for serious illnesses that little bit better with the power of reading. They provide them free books, organise professional storytelling sessions and build mobile bookcases for the wards for children to use. The books and storytellers are there to provide comfort, distraction and entertainment for all the children who have to spend part of their lives in hospital. For a child that might not be able to move much, leave the hospital or go anywhere a book could be their ticket to anywhere in the world.
And what are you doing?
Well… We wanted to make this as easy for everyone as possible. So being an online event, wherever you are in the world, you can join in the fun! We’re hosting a group 24 hour read and review-athon on Sunday 4th October. We will all be reading the same book during this event which will be voted for on Facebook and the aim is simple… Read and review it within 24 hours! The Wednesday after the readathon, we’re running an all-day Facebook party where there will lots of giveaways for those joining in and supporting the cause. We also aim to have lots of blog posts up around the time of these events and the charity have very kindly offered to write a guest post for us too!
Cool! How do I get involved?
The 24 hour readathon taking place on Sunday 4th October is open to anyone and everyone who wants to join so contact me on Twitter @jennymarston_xo and let me know if you want to join! The only terms for the readathon is that you read the book that gets the most votes (the poll is on the Facebook event, here), it’s up to you to obtain the book yourself because I’m afraid we can’t supply the book to everyone who wants to take part and you must leave it a review! It doesn’t have to be long and if you haven’t got a blog, that’s fine! Review it on Amazon! 24 hours isn’t a very long time so all we ask is that everyone tries their very best.
There is also the Facebook party on Wednesday 7th October. This is a public event, so you don’t have to become friends with me to be able to join (although you totally should!) Click here for the event, hit the ‘join’ button and you’re in!
You can also get involved by donating to our JustGiving page we set up where all donations will be going towards the charity. Any amount you can spare will be greatly appreciated by both us and Readathon Hospitals. Click HERE for the JustGiving page.