As adults, we have a responsibility to protect our children. It is like an unwritten rule of adulthood, really, isn’t it? As is the belief that every child has the right to be loved, cared for and believed in? Nod, if you agree….. While you are nodding, I want to tell you that:
This Friday is Pyjama Day and it is a fundraiser for the Pyjama Foundation.
Since 2004 the Pyjama Foundation has been all about positively impacting the lives of children in care. The Foundation largely achieves this through a volunteer staffed, learning based mentoring arrangement, called The Love of Learning Program©.
Here’s what the Pyjama Foundation says about it:
The Love of Learning Program© was developed by The Pyjama Foundation to empower children in foster care with learning, life skills and confidence to change the direction of their lives.
The Love of Learning Program©, sees meticulously screened, trained and matched volunteers (aka Pyjama Angels) visit the same foster child for 1.5 hours each week. Some of these relationships have spanned many years, bringing that feeling of being cared for and believed in for those children in care all the while, improving their literacy and numeracy! Double win. This amazing program can only continue with the support of funding – enter Pyjama Day!
If you go to this link, you can see a clip of a young girl who was lucky enough to secure a Pyjama Angel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=3Tw3l7YajH0
Just two other points to note:
- Foster carers – day after day, they tirelessly give their time and love and care. The gifts that the carers also bring to children in care are remarkable. A massive shout-out and thank you to every single foster carer!
- There are approximately 43000 children in care in Australia (as per Pyjama Foundation’s website) – could you think about donating some time to this vulnerable group to become a Pyjama Angel or some money to make a donation?? If you were interested in finding out more, simply, go to http://www.thepyjamafoundation.com
While most of us take for granted our circle of security, there are so many children in care who need help to learn life skills and gain confidence.
It might be too late to do much advertising for Pyjama Day this Friday, but you could still get involved!!
- Go to http://www.thepyjamafoundation.com/nationalpyjamaday/ for all the details of registering your event. (You can even do it on another day if you prefer to get more people on board!)
- Get your workplace to wear their night attire and bring a donation to the cause.
- After the day, count up your generous donations and go to https://donation.giveeasy.org/the-pyjama-foundation to put in your details of the donation – every little bit counts to help our children in care.