For the third year in a row, our Affinity Education Group community are going above and beyond for children in foster care, with a national FUNdraising effort underway across more than 225 early education and care centres around Australia to support the work of The Pyjama Foundation.
With efforts led by newly appointed Centre Manager Zoe Aubry from Papilio Early Learning Meadowbank and supported by Affinity’s Centre Support Office, the national group of centres will dress up (or down!) for a seriously fun week of activities and awareness.
Zoe Aubry has been a passionate advocate for The Pyjama Foundation for a number of years and shared with us what inspired her to lead the Pajama Foundation fundraising efforts, “I love the difference they make for children in foster care. These children are some of the most vulnerable, with low levels of literacy and numeracy and high school completion, leading to higher rates of incarceration and overall lower quality of life. As Early Childhood Educators, we see first-hand the importance of quality care and education, and the work of the Pyjama Angels aims to reduce the gaps for these children.”
Our centres overall goal is to encourage the local community to dig deep for those children who need it most. This week centres will provide the children in their care with various activities and, most of all, FUN in order to achieve this goal!
Papilio Early Learning Meadowbank are doing their bit as Zoe and her team prepare for the week ahead, “Our centre has lots planned for the week! We are making cards for children in the Pyjama Foundation, holding a fun disco, cupcake making, and pyjama decorating (just to name a few).”
Papilio Early Learning Meadowbank
The bold goal is to achieve our $20K fundraising target, and Affinity CEO Tim Hickey has already donned his dressing gown for a fun and motivating message to all educators, encouraging them to “get in their PJs and create fun activities for your children and team, all for a great cause.”
In his CEO Challenge, Mr Hickey has promised to match the amount of the highest-fundraising centre in our Affinity Education Group community.
“Pyjama Day – or Pyjama Week in the case of some of our centres – is definitely one of the favourite community events for our educators and teams, and we love seeing everyone have serious fun and contributing to the wellbeing of Australian children,” Mr Hickey said.