Evelyn Shih, 13, read 42 books in three weeks, raising close to $2,000 for Operation Santa. Evelyn, who suffers from Down's syndrome, read the second-highest number of books in Year Seven's bookathon at South Island School. Evelyn's mother, Sonja, said: 'I thought I could use this bookathon to motivate her, but even I did not expect such a good performance. This should be a wonderful message for special-needs families, schools and teachers.' Evelyn read books on topics ranging from science to history, but her favourite was Pocahontas. 'I liked it because it's a pretty different kind of a story,' she said. Students at South Island School raised $49,228. Thanks go to Sheila Crew and the junior section for their hard work and support. The Christmas mailbag received a heartwarming $15 gift for Mrs Santa Claus from little Sarah Bullman. Thanks go to Sarah, Issa Cohen Jewellery, Mattaias Schwarze, Janet Taylor and Brener Sheba. Thanks also to Sincere, whose donation has grown to $230,000. The grand total on Christmas Day edged close to the $4 million mark, breaking last year's record to reach $3,973,097.