Jim-Jams Go Down Town

Don’t be surprised if this Friday you spot someone at work in their PJ’s or kids at school all “Jim Jammed up” …There’s a reason…You see it’s National Pyjama Day…in support of the Pyjama Foundation.

That’s an organisation that does incredible work helping vulnerable children learn to love learning and reading.

Two Queensland Ministers will be joining in they say.

Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer and Minister for Education Grace Grace to put the call out for everyone to join with them and do their bit.

Minister Farmer says it’s an easy, and comfy way to rise funds and awareness.

“All you have to do is wear your favourite pair of pyjamas to school, work or out and about and make a donation to The Pyjama Foundation.”

“All of the funding raised helps support the Pyjama Foundation including the Love of Learning program which encourages children to read and helps the foundation to recruit, train and support Pyjama Angels who visit children in foster and kinship care.”

Education Minister Grace Grace says the work of Pyjama Foundation volunteers was nothing short of inspiring.

“These amazing people give up their own time to help vulnerable children with reading, literacy and other skills. By doing this, the volunteers encourage children to love learning.”

“We want every child in Queensland to have equal opportunities and a bright future, and the work of the Pyjama Angels is helping us to achieve this.”

The Pyjama Foundation founder Bronwyn Sheehan says children in care needed extra support and empowerment to help them towards a brighter future.

“Many children in care bounce from home to home and to different schools, which greatly hinders their learning.”

“At the Pyjama Foundation we recruit, screen and train volunteer mentors, and then carefully match them with a child in care.”

“Together, they focus on learning-based activities and games, with the aim of improving the child’s educational outcomes and confidence.”

This year, the State Government is providing significant funding to The Pyjama Foundation in to deliver the Love of Learning Program.

The Department of Child Safety provides annual funding of $346,964, which will continue until December 2022.

The Department of education provided $180,000 in one-off funding to support the program in 2018, and today Ms Grace announced a further $100,000 in funding for 2019.

Funds raised from Pyjama Day will go towards the recruitment and training of more Pyjama Angels as well as learning resources for the children including books, puzzles and educational games.

Last year more than 1,700 participants donned their Pyjamas and raised a total $250,000.

The Foundation hopes to grow this number and help more children in care receive the educational support they urgently need.

To get involved in National Pyjama Day visit http://thepyjamafoundation.comV