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No doubt everyone’s adapting to post-isolation changes in routine – ultimately, we bet you’re missing the comfort of your work-from-home clothes and relaxed home schooling attire. But never fear, we have a solution: National Pyjama Day is on Friday, July 17, and not only do you get to jump into your favourite PJs, you’ll also be helping raise vital money for children in foster care – and that’s a double win in our books. Together we can support little kids with their big dreams while being toasty and warm. 

While the thought of wearing pyjamas at school and work brings a sense of light-hearted fun, its focus is on a more serious issue. The day is hosted by The Pyjama Foundation, which provides children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with life skills, confidence and learning. It’s then through the Love of Learning program that volunteers – called Pyjama Angels – are recruited, trained, then matched with a child in care who they see once a week and focus on learning-based activities during their allocated time. Whether it’s helping children with their homework, playing educational games or reading books aloud with their child, it’s all focused on their enrichment. 

Essentially, the vital part of the volunteers’ role is to give foster children a chance to reach their potential despite their fragile beginnings. Children in care have the lowest education outcomes nationally, so for more than 15 years The Pyjama Foundation has dedicated itself to improving these children’s learning skills and making a positive impact on their lives.

Amid the current pandemic, the foundation has gone online to generate support for its work. This has included introducing a TikTok challenge to get more people connected virtually while creating a buzz around the foundation’s mission, and to have fun creating videos with their friends and family to help raise awareness. You can also follow the foundation on social media and post an image of yourself completing a challenge in your pyjamas with the hashtag #InMyPjs. Challenges include dancing, singing, teaching, and hosting a Zoom meeting – all simple tasks, just complete them in your PJs. 

“It’s quite different at the moment,” said Victorian regional co-ordinator Shannon O’Brien. “Normally we’d be out and about promoting National Pyjama Day in schools, which are some of the biggest supporters. We’re eager to get back out there.”

Don’t sleep on your decision – let’s all get together in our Ugg boots and onesies to help the team hit Victoria’s sign-up target of 400 groups and make up for lost time. Within the Mornington Peninsula region alone, the foundation is supporting more than 20 families. Whether you’re a school, a business, or a community group, you’re all invited to the pyjama party. Anyone can sign up and everyone should by creating a fundraising page then encouraging their team, classmates and colleagues to raise much-needed money.

Visit www.nationalpyjamaday.com to help children in foster care receive the emotional and educational support that they need to achieve their dreams and reach their potential. With a little confidence and encouragement, who knows what they can achieve?

KATE SEARS

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