Everyday across Australia, children wake up in warm safe beds, have a healthy breakfast, head off to school in clean clothes and then come home each night to a loving family. A family who feeds them, helps them with their homework, reads story books to them and most importantly, makes them feel safe and loved.
Unfortunately, in our lucky country, there are over 51,000 children who have not grown up like this. For these children, their early years have not been warm and safe. They have gone without food, gone without warm clothes, experienced violence and learnt more about the dark side of life than any child should have to. Their early years have been full of neglect and trauma and as a result, these children have been removed from their families and placed into care.
Whilst we can’t change what has already happened to these children before they entered the foster care system, we can help to change their futures and give them some positive direction to help them dream big and then realise those dreams.
Our very special Pyjama Angels do exactly this for ‘each and every’ one of the children they are matched with. They form a very special bond with their child and work tirelessly, week in week out, alongside the foster carers, to bring confidence to these traumatised children, to help them ‘catch up’ at school and to achieve the simple things in life that millions of other children take for granted – things like simply being able to receive a school report card.
With the number of children entering the foster care system continuing to rise rapidly, we desperately need your help to bring the benefits of a Pyjama Angel to many more children in care.
It costs $1,000 for us to help just one child – $1,000 that could mean the difference between that child staying in school, completing their education and having a real chance at a positive life – or that child entering the same cycle of hopelessness that they originally came from.
As we rapidly approach the end of this financial year, please help us to help these children dream big and then have the power to realise those big dreams. Make a tax deductible donation before June 30.