Fingerspellathon -- a sponsored fingerspell

A letter from Daughter's nursery, which is about Fingerspellaton. The school will be taking part in the National Deaf Children's Society(NDCS) Fingerspellathon to raise money for deaf Children.

Quit obviously, I can understand "Fingerspell", but what does the suffix -athon mean?

According MSN Encarta Dictionary, -thon means:

activity or event lasting a long time, especially one done for charity, such as in "talkathon".

The Fingerspellathon will be held in the week beginning Monday 17th November, and all sponsorship monies will be handed in by Friday 28th November, it quite a long-lasting event, then.

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