Local schools and businesses took part in National Pyjama Day recently, including staff at Beds R Us Bundaberg with their continued involvement fuelled by owner Melinda Scheuer's passion for supporting local children in foster care.
For over 30 years, Beds R Us Bundaberg has been caring for its local community be helping to provide a good night's sleep and sweet dreams.
Melinda shared her enthusiasm for supporting The Pyjama Foundation's main fundraising campaign, National Pyjama Day, in 2021.
“Bundaberg Beds R Us are once again, proud to be supporters on Pyjama Day,” Melinda said.
She said community was incredibly valuable to her business.
She recognised the importance of the work The Pyjama Foundation undertakes in the Bundaberg Region, which fuels her passion for The Pyjama Foundation and Beds R Us Bundaberg's involvement in National Pyjama Day for the last few years.
“As a local, family-owned business, we appreciate the value and work that the Pyjama Angels do in our community.”
The funds raised by Melinda and her team had a direct impact on the members of the Bundaberg community.
With Beds R Us Bundaberg's support, The Pyjama Foundation continues to have a positive impact on children in care, helping them to reach their full potential.
“Money raised not only goes towards local children in foster care receiving assistance, but also to raise awareness and recruitment opportunities to gain more of these wonderful Pyjama Angels, working on the ground,” Melinda said.
The Pyjama Foundation CEO and Founder Bronwyn Sheehan OAM said the fundraising day was vital to the sustainability and growth of the Foundation.
“Each year our day continues to expand its reach, and with every new passionate supporter we are able to change another life,” she said.
Mrs Sheehan said with more than 48,000 children in care across Australia, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done.
“Currently, we are only reaching 1,400 children across the country,” she said.
“We know our Love of Learning Program has the capacity to create real change in the lives of these kids.
“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.”
Queensland University of Technology Research Fellow, Dr Ruth Knight has been working with the Foundation to evaluate its Love of Learning Program and the impact it is having on children in care.
“The Pyjama Foundation is well regarded in the community for its evidence-based positive contribution to improving the lives of Queensland's children and young people in care,” she said.
“The Pyjama Foundation attracts a high quality of volunteers who are well trained and supported.
“These volunteers are committed to achieving the best practice and establishing a long-term connection with young people at risk of exclusion and isolation.”
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 much more to support a successful event.
For more information or to register for this years event here.