From 14–27 September, Open Door Basel is sponsoring a two-week Readathon in the Basel area, and we warmly encourage your child to participate. Given the educational pause that many children experienced last year due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the goals of the Readathon include:

  • restarting your child’s reading minds after the long summer
  • reminding children how much fun reading can be
  • teaching children the value of donation

ALL proceeds from the Readathon will be donated to Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. More information about our donation campaign can be found at our Room to Read fundraising link. Please support your child’s sponsored read. They’ll be helping children who are in need, as well as helping themselves.

The readathon details

  1. Who can participate? Anyone, really! But we specifically encourage children from the ages of 6-years plus to participate in this Readathon.
  2. Help your child find sponsors among family and friends. Sponsors can voluntarily pledge funds either by page number OR a flat rate.
  3. Start reading! From 14–27 September your child should aim to read between 10–15 minutes per day. Record the number of full pages read at the end of each day (on the calendar tracker) and sign your initials.
  4. Collect pledges and donate. After the reading period ends on 27 September, collect the pledges and donate it to our Room to Read fundraising link.
  5. Send us your forms. Either email or post your child’s completed sponsorship form to Open Door Basel (by 7 October)
  6. Receive a certificate and/or award. Each child who participates will be given a certificate of completion from Open Door Basel, AND, to provide an incentive for some extra readathon fundraising, the top three earners will be awarded special prizes.

About Room to Read

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. They are achieving this goal by helping children in low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls to build skills to succeed in school and negotiate key life decisions. They collaborate with governments and other partner organisations to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale. Room to Read has benefitted more than 18 million children across 16 countries and 37,000 communities and aims to reach 40 million children by 2025.