FOR most people, the MS Readathon is simply a chance to get kids to read more books while raising funds for a cause.
For St Pat’s year 6 teacher Peter Moraschi, it’s that and so much more.
His wife Justine has multiple sclerosis so he knows how important the fundraising efforts are.
Mr Moraschi has vowed to shave off the beard he has been growing for two years if students reach a target of 1000 books read throughout the month of August.
“There is also another staff member whose husband has MS so this is close to home for everyone,” he said.
“What we decided to do was instead of just raise money, we wanted to make sure the other important aspect of getting the kids reading was remembered.
“We have a large number of kids who have registered. I’m getting kids come up to me saying they are reading heaps of books. The response has been overwhelming.”
Students only have one week left to reach their target and while Mr Moraschi admits he has grown attached to his furry face, he won’t mind bidding it farewell knowing the funds raised will make a difference in lives of Australians living with multiple sclerosis.
“I had a discussion with the school’s librarian Sandra Campbell about 12 months ago after we noticed that interest in the Readathon had dropped off,” he said.
“My nine-year-old son Taine wrote a letter to the principal to see if we could do something about it.
“It’s been great to see the whole school get behind this.
“Some classes have taken different approaches. One has even written a book about my beard.”
If anyone would like to make a donation to the cause, simply drop into St Patrick’s School. Anything over $2 is tax deductible.