National Pyjama Day is on Friday, July 20, so now’s the time to think comfy and cosy for kids in foster care. The Pyjama Foundation holds activities across Melbourne during the week leading up to Pyjama Day and this year will conclude its fundraising activities with a pyjama boogie-woogie in the CBD. Think pyjama-clad flash mob and flannelette shenanigans and sensational slipper moves!
Working with various universities and students from dance academies and Australia Post employees to entertain passers-by in the town, the Pyjama Foundation flash mob’s aim is to get us thinking about kids who are less fortunate than our own.
Bronwyn Sheehan, the founder and executive director of The Pyjama Foundation, says: “Statistics show us that 75 per cent of children in care are not finishing school. Many children in care bounce from home to home and to different schools, which greatly hinders their learning and their ability to form stable relationships. By offering these children mentors, who visit them once a week to help them with their homework, literacy and numeracy, we’re helping them to take a step closer to achieving their dreams, whether it be to become an astronaut or a nurse.”
The Pyjama Foundation continually delivers on providing services such as one-to-one mentoring programs to assist foster kids with reading, writing and building their confidence. Pyjama Angels (volunteer mentors) regularly drop by childcare centres to read to little ones too.
With more than 53,000 children in foster care across the country, the money raised from National Pyjama Day will go towards educational resources, training and recruitment of the Pyjama Angels. Register your workplace, school or childcare centre for National Pyjama Day at nationalpyjamaday.com to receive a free fundraising kit, or you can donate via donation.giveeasy.org/the-pyjama-foundation.
Come on — rock your onesie or PJs with pride on July 20, peeps. It’s for the kids.