The target is 26 books in 26 days as Oasis Academy youngsters raise funds for the A-T Society

Date published: 03 June 2020

Three young sisters from a primary school in the heart of Oldham recently took part in the nationwide 2.6 Challenge, for a cause very close to their hearts.

Iqra, Zara and Maria Jawaid, from Oasis Academy Clarksfield, are each reading 26 books in 26 days and raising money on JustGiving for the Ataxia Telangiectasia Society (A-T).

The total amount raised by the three budding youngsters so far is £150, and that number continues to rise.

They currently have a goal to raise £260.

The 2.6 Challenge was created in response to the many fundraising events in the UK that have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst hopeful many of these events will go ahead at a later date, there will still be a significant impact on many charities.

Mum of Iqra, Zara and Maria, said: “We still remember the devastating time when we got in touch with A.T. Society after getting Zara’s diagnosis.

“They are a small charity but the work they are doing for kids with this condition is unbelievable they are a lifeline for families like us.

"They helped us understand her condition better and made sure everything she needs is in place for her.

“The specialist led clinics they hold are in such a nice family environment that you feel at ease.

"They even came to visit the school and helped the staff understand her complex needs better, which made not only A.T. Society but school feel as part of our big family.

"They are always a phone call away and go out of their way to help and deserve a lot of appreciation for the great work they are doing.”

The A-T Society is the only charity in the UK providing specialist, extensive, practical, emotional and therapeutic support which we do through a range of activities from regular outreach, workshops, respite, counselling, specialist medical interventions and tirelessly advocating to ensure the educational, housing, healthcare and benefits needs are met.

Nigel Fowler, Principal at Oasis Academy Clarksfield, said: “This is a wonderful charity and I’m delighted the girls are working hard to support it.

"At Oasis Academy Clarksfield we live by the Oasis 9 Habits and this is another example of how our fantastic children meet them.

"Well done girls and keep reading.”

Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) is a genetic disease which causes severe disability in children.

Children born with the A-T gene appear healthy until they are around two-three.

Soon their balance starts to fail, they become wobbly and need assistance to walk.

By the age of 10 many are wheelchair users and by the time they are 12 years old they may need help to eat.

During their challenge, Zara said: ”I love doing activities together with my sisters.”

Maria added: ”I’m having loads of fun reading all the books.”

Iqra finished by adding: “I love reading so this is the best challenge ever we have been really enjoying reading all the books specially these days when we are home all the time.

"You can donate to the A-T Society via Iqra, Zara and Maria’s JustGiving page here

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