30 Jul National Pyjama Day
On July 17th Gladstone locals showed their support with Hair by Studio B (pictured) and RE/MAX Gold wearing their comfiest Pyjamas or onesie to help raise funds and awareness for children in foster care.
The aim of the day is to raise as much funds as possible for The Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning Program which is offered to children in foster care.
The Pyjama Foundation provides children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills and confidence. Whether they want to grow up to be an astronaut or a doctor, The Pyjama Foundation is there to help them reach their full potential by assisting them with their learning, and by providing consistent love and support.
The Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning Program is a one-on-one mentoring scheme where volunteers are recruited, screened, trained and matched with a child in care.
Together, the mentor, called a “Pyjama Angel” and child spend time together each week (for up to an hour a week) reading, writing, and focusing on educational based games – with the goal of improving the child’s learning and life trajectory.
Without support and early intervention, many children in foster care go through a cycle of disadvantage; many kids in care don’t end up finishing school and can either end up homeless, unemployed, a new parent or enter the juvenile justice system.
To break this cycle of disadvantage, education is crucial – so The Pyjama Foundation’s mission it to ensure as many foster kids as possible receive that one-on-one learning support that they don’t often receive in a school-based setting.
Without funding, The Pyjama Foundation wouldn’t be able to offer this program for free to children in foster care.
National Pyjama day is The Pyjama Foundations biggest signature fundraiser and hundreds of organisations and schools right around Australia sign up!