Read-a-thon 2015


A celebration of reading to help stray and feral cats!

We are inviting you to take part in our 1st Read-a-thon in aid of Community Cats Network (the 1st of many we hope!).  Get sponsorship from your friends, colleagues, family, fellow bloggers, and so on, to read books for an entire weekend!  The event takes place online (from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world) and will begin at 8pm (GMT) on the 20th of November and end at 8pm (GMT) on the 22nd of November.

During that weekend, you will read and report on your progress/reading experience, while taking part in competitions to win books, stationery and other prizes.  At 8pm (GMT) on the 29th of November, we will announce the best fundraiser, who will win a bunch of prizes!

We will also have a separate category for children.

Join now and begin fundraising!

How to register?

**Note that registration will be open until 12pm (GMT) on the 21st of November**

  • Step 1: Create a fundraising profile on IDonate.  Click here to do so.
  • Step 2: Fill in the form below.

  • You’re done! Now, you can begin to fundraise and plan your weekend of reading!

How does it work?

Thanks to your IDonate fundraising profile, you can get people to sponsor you for this event.  You can report about your reading by posting on your blog, Facebook page or by commenting on our website and the event Facebook page.  We will be checking on you during the weekend and giving you encouragements!  The best fundraiser will be announced on the 29th of November at 8pm (GMT), a week after the event finishes and win a bunch of prizes.  You can thus accept donations online until then.  For those using sponsorship cards, these will have to be returned to us, with the funds raised before the 27th of November to be taken into account.

Throughout the weekend, we will have competitions to win books and other prizes.  All details for each competition will be in the post.  These competitions, unless stated otherwise, will be open to participants only.  Note that you must have raised a minimum of €20 online to take part in the competitions – that’s to make sure that the postage fees are covered…

What is the registration fee?

There is no registration fee, but you will need to raise a minimum of €20 online before the start of the event in order to take part in the competitions (to help us to cover for the postage of prizes).  You can still take part in the event without raising this amount and share your passion for books.

Where does it take place?

This is an online event, so you can be anywhere in the world when taking part!

When is it taking place?

The event itself will start at 8pm (GMT) on the 20th of November and run until 8pm (GMT) on the 22nd of November.  However, you can start fundraising from now on and until the 29th of November at 8pm (GMT).  Note that the times are GMT, but you can take part from anywhere in the world.

Do I have to read non-stop for 48 hours?

We’re only humans, so no, you don’t!  We want you to enjoy your reading and share your passion (and raise funds for the cats)!

Do I have to read a certain number of books?

No, we are all different and read at a different pace.  The important thing is to enjoy reading and to help the cats.  However, we will ask you to share your reading experience during the weekens (don’t worry, there will be prompts!).

Can I read in any other language than English?

Yes, but, please, share your thoughts about the book in English so that we can all appreciate your reading experience.

Can children take part?

We would love to see children taking part in this event as it is a celebration of reading.  Children have two options.  They can take part in the weekend event by filling the registration form above, and/or they can take part in the kids edition, which takes place from the 22nd of October to the 22nd of November (for more information and to register, click here).

Where do the funds go?

All proceeds go to fund the work we do with feral and stray cats, although a small part will go towards postage.  We are a charity operating a Trap-Neuter-Return programme in county Cork and surrounding areas.  To find out more about the work we don, please explore our website or visit our Facebook page.

I think we have pretty much covered all the questions you may have, but if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to post them below in the comment section.

The Read-a-thon prizes

During the weekend, we will have draws and competitions to win spot prizes (note that you must be registered and have fundraised a minimum of €20 to be included in these draws). The more people who register, the more prizes we will add!

Hand-Knitted Bookmark by Beryl Burgess

The Bunch of Prizes for the Best Fundraiser

The participant who will have raised the most funds by the 29th of November at 8pm will win these prizes. We may be adding even more prizes…









If you would like to sponsor a prize for this event, please email

The participants

Hope Williams, who will be reading from Mallow, Ireland.

Visit Hope’s fundraising page here.

Thank you to Hope who raised €2 for the cats.

Shauna Murphy, who will be reading from Cork, Ireland.

Visit Shauna’s fundraising page here.

Thank you to Shauna who raised €52 for the cats and is our best fundraiser. Congratulations! There is a bunch of prizes waiting for you!

Pauline Hyde, who will be reading from Cork, Ireland.

street_cat_in_tokyo“You’ve all heard me talking about this charity: Community Cats Network, a small but highly effective operation in County Cork that traps, neuters and releases feral cats with the friendly help of locals. The cats stop multiplying but work on to keep back gardens and alleys free of rats and mice so the locals are happy. Everyone’s a winner (except the rodents).

CCN is run by volunteers to top-class standards. Finer people you won’t meet. Most of all though, this is about the animals and a fair and humane system of controlling their population. I hope you all can contribute, even a small amount will count.”

Visit Pauline’s fundraising page here.

Thank you to Pauline who raised €27 for the cats!

We hope to see you all again for the next edition and some newcomers too! Thank you all for your support!