22 July is National Pyjama Day
On Friday the 22nd July, The Pyjama Foundation will be hosting National Pyjama Day.
In 2004, Bronwyn Sheehan, a former nurse, began the Pyjama Foundation as a volunteer based support network assisting foster carers to nurture and develop skills in literacy and numeracy for children in foster care.
Bronwyn was alarmed by the widening gap between the levels of literacy of children in foster care compared to children that were not.
Out of 43,000 Australian children in foster care, 92% read and write at a standard considered below average. These key statistics formed the Pyjama Foundation’s mission which is ‘to read 1000 books to every foster child in Australia’.
Over four thousand volunteers give time each week supporting foster children, forming positive relationships as role models as well as reading books, putting puzzles together and developing a child’s learning skills.
Some well-loved Australians are ambassadors for the Pyjama Foundation, author Bryce Courtenay (former Patron) and children’s author Mem Fox and the Australian Wallabies rugby union team are reading ambassadors.
What Can You Do?
Become a Pyjama Angel! Pyjama Angels are recruited, screened and trained then matched with a foster child. The Love of Learning program is the only evidence based literacy and numeracy program in an out-of-school environment in Australia. As a volunteer you invest 1.5 hours of time with a foster child each week and read books aloud or playing educational games.
National Pyjama Day will be held on Friday, 22nd July. This special day will raise awareness and funds for improving literacy levels for children in foster care. Do you have a group of friends, colleagues or family that would like more information on hosting a Pyjama Day event? If you would like to raise money or donate, please click on the link below or call (07) 3256 8802.