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Saturday, 28th March will see walkers of all ages hitting the pavement to raise money for a great cause. This will be no ordinary walk, though, with participants decking themselves out in PJs and onesies. Quite fitting, really, because funds raised will be put to good use - helping the Pyjama Foundation to assist children in care.
The Pyjama Foundation matches volunteers, known as Pyjama Angels, with foster children. These volunteers spend time with the children, reading to them, playing educational games and sometimes helping with homework. Sadly, children in care are on average four years behind their peers academically. The aim of the Foundation is to close this gap, one child at a time.
The Foundation's Pyjama Angels spend time reading, playing and helping with homework
Often, foster children have been through some degree of trauma, be it through emotional or physical abuse, and have been living a life of "survival" - the long road.
The Long Road twilight walk will commence from Arthur Davis Park, Sandgate at 4.30pm. At the completion of the walk grumbling tummies will be able to be soothed by purchasing gelato, sizzling snags and refreshments.
As the sun goes down and the evening cools off, a walk along the beautiful foreshore will be a great way to end your day whilst helping these children who have already been down the long road. Why not get a team of family and friends together, register on the website, put on your best PJs and walk the walk?
Similar walks will also be taking place on this date at Ipswich and on the Sunshine Coast - see details on the website.