Stay in your pyjamas for a purpose

The COVID-19 crisis has had an impact on everyone across the nation, but for Australia’s most vulnerable children, the impacts can be detrimental and long lasting.

Ipswich Pyjama Angels Coordinator Mel Grew and Sarah Pearson smiling and holding kids books.

For more than 15 years, The Pyjama Foundation has supported children in foster case, inspiring them with learning, life skills and confidence.

Each year on Friday 17 July, dedicated supporters across the nation come together in their pyjamas to raise vital funds to help the Foundation continue its life-changing work. National Pyjama Day is the Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year, with more than $250,000 raised to support this vital Program.

The Pyjama Foundation Founder and CEO Bronwyn Sheehan said while this year may look different, she is confident the supportive community will help in whatever way they can.

“Many people are already staying in their pyjamas in the comfort of their own home, so why not use this extra time to wear them for purpose and help raise money to support kids in care,” she said.

“Money raised by the day enables us to continue expanding our reach and supporting many more vulnerable children across the country. With statistics showing that more than 90% of children in care will fall below the average reading level by age seven, this service has never been more important.”

The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens and trains volunteer mentors, and then carefully matches them with a child in care. Together, they focus on learning-based activities and games, with the aim of improving the child’s educational outcomes and confidence.

Last year more than 1,800 participants from schools to law firms donned their pyjamas at events around the country. To get involved, registrations can be made via www.nationalpyjamaday.com with a free host kit sent to everyone planning their big day. By supporting National Pyjama Day, the life direction of many children in foster care has the potential to be changed forever.

Supporting little people with big dreams; go to www.nationalpyjamaday.com to find out more about becoming a volunteer Pyjama Angel or to host a Pyjama Day and raise funds for this important cause.