Our Donors and Supporters
Donors, Supporters and Partners
Thank you to our generous corporates, trusts, foundations, events and community fundraisers who have donated to The Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning Program and for supporting the educational outcomes of children in foster care.
Letter of Support from Mem Fox Mem Fox is an Australian Writer of children’s books and an educationalist specialising in literacy. “It is with great interest that I’ve become aware of the Pyjama Foundation and its excellent work in reading aloud to children in foster care. These children miss out on many positive aspects of childhood, including the fun, the laughter, the togetherness and the educational value of being read aloud to.Being read to becomes an indicator of literacy success, emotional well-being and educational self-esteem. The warmth of stories, the care and focus of adults, and the establishment of routine in lives that are fractured can only help to enhance the world that foster children have to live in and cope with.As an educator of over twenty five years experience, and as a literacy consultant for the last ten years (and as Australia’s resident Read Aloud lunatic!) I know that children who have not fallen in love with books don’t learn to read easily, happily and quickly. Children who are read aloud to regularly associate books with feelings of safety and happiness and fall into literacy without much trouble at all, often without lessons, often before they start school. Foster children need the literacy, of course, but it’s through the warmth and care of loving adults that this will occur, not through extra coaching by a remedial teacher who may have only a professional relationship with the child.The work of the Pyjama Foundation is particularly exciting since—in their program—the bonding with an adult will happen at the same time as children bond with particular books that they will want to hear over and over again, which will in turn, develop their ability to read and write. I cannot applaud the Pyjama Foundation enough for this grand innovative idea and the sterling work they are undertaking to put that idea into practice. I wish them all the very best in their endeavours.” Mem Fox AM