With so many of us still working at home (if not permanently, then at least a few days a week), wearing pyjamas to work doesn’t sound that crazy anymore.
What is crazy, is the fact that one third – yes, one third – of adults who experienced foster care are now incarcerated. It’s also crazy that only one third of children in care will graduate Year 12, and that of the 48,000 Australian children in foster care, only 1,400 have access to the Pyjama Foundations ‘Love of Learning’ program.
That’s why, this year, Pyjama Day is so important. Happening tomorrow, Friday July 23, Pyjama Day is a nationwide effort to raise awareness for children in foster care, led by the caring folk at the Pyjama Foundation.
“Each year our day continues to expand its reach, and with every new passionate supporter we are able to change another life,” says founder and CEO Bronwyn Sheehan. “Last year, despite the impacts of COVID-19, we had our most successful day ever raising more than $350,000 for our ‘Love of Learning’ Program.”
All funds raised by National Pyjama Day go directly towards supporting the Foundation to recruit, screen and train committed volunteers to make an incredible difference in the lives of children in care. All registrants receive a free host kit for their fundraising event which includes stickers, bunting, posters, balloons and everything else they need to throw a successful event.
If you’ve missed out on the chance to register but would still like to get involved in Pyjama Day, simply don your favourite PJs (we’ve listed a few of ours below), donate via their website and spread the word about the incredible work the Pyjama Foundation is doing for kids in foster care.
“We know our Love of Learning Program has the capacity to create real change in the lives of these kids,” says Bronwyn. “It is supporting them in building relationships, meeting the educational levels of their peers and giving these kids the belief that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.”