Pyjama drive extended for a good cause
  • Thursday 22 July 2010

Sunshine Coast Libraries, in conjunction with The Pyjama Foundation, have extended their pyjama drive to collect sleepwear for foster children until 31 August 2010.

The annual event running across the Sunshine Coast is calling for new pairs of pyjamas for boys and girls, both winter and summer styles, in sizes 0000 – adult, to make the transition for kids into foster care as comfortable as possible.

The drive is aiming to collect a record number of PJs for the estimated 31,000 children who enter foster care every year in Australia.

The following three organisations have set the precedent for other local businesses and clubs, providing over $1,400 worth of new pyjamas to The Pyjama Foundation:

  • The Cooroy Rotary Club
  • Life Enhancing Chiropractic in Cooroy, and
  • Mr Whippy Sunshine Coast

Local Councillor Lew Brennan said it was inspiring to see the community pool their resources for such a worthy cause.

"The Cooroy Rotary Club donated all profits from the sale of food at the recent opening of the new Cooroy Library to the Pyjama Foundation, while Allan Acton from Mr Whippy Sunshine Coast donated some commission from sales of ice-cream on the day too," Cr Brennan said.

"Dr Adam Roache of Life Enhancing Chiropractic has also given money to the Pyjama Foundation.

"It is refreshing to see that even in these tight financial times, our community is willing and able to support those less fortunate in such a basic and practical manner."

Coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Pyjama Foundation, Sue Cluff, said the charity offers support to foster children and their families through the provision of clothing and other materials.

"Some children arrive in foster care with only the clothes on their back," said Ms Cluff.

"The donation of new pyjamas helps make their lives a little more comfortable.

"I’d like to thank those locals who have contributed pyjamas to the drive so far. It is heart-warming to be part of such a loving and supportive community. Help us help them by purchasing a new pair of pyjamas and dropping them off at any library branch across the Coast."

The Pyjama Foundation also provides "Pyjama Angels" to lend support to Australian families, who in turn, are supporting vulnerable children. A stringent recruiting, screening and training process is carried out on these volunteer members of the community.

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