MORE than 30,000 Australians will be swapping their usual get-up for their best bedtime attire on national Pyjama Day, Friday July 17, to raise funds for children in foster care.
Thousands of schools, childcare centres and businesses will be getting involved to assist the work of The Pyjama Foundation, a charity which supports children in care to improve their educational outcome.
The Pyjama Foundation’s founder and managing director, Bronwyn Sheehan, says this year’s event will be the biggest yet, since the event began in 2011.
“For the first time, we are seeing a huge increase in support for national Pyjama Day from all sorts of organisations, with registrations pouring in from all directions,” she said.
“National Pyjama Day is a unique event, and everyone wants to get on board because it’s fun and creates a totally different atmosphere in workplaces.”
In 2014, national Pyjama Day raised $115,000 which helped fund The Pyjama Foundation’s learning-based mentoring program where volunteers called Pyjama Angels visit a foster child for up to 1.5 hours a week to read books, play educational games and work on their numeracy skills.
This year, The Pyjama Foundation aims to raise $250,000 to help fund its life-changing work.
“It is estimated 75 per cent of children in foster care do not finish schooling, our aim is to see more children reaching their life potential. The earlier we help them the earlier we can help to make a difference and break the cycle of disadvantage these children often experience,” Ms Sheehan said.
The official date for national Pyjama Day is Friday July 17 but you can host a pyjama day any time throughout July or August. Register your workplace today at www.thepyjamafoundation.com to receive your Pyjama Day kit.
Carina Nguyen, PR and Marketing Coordinator
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