Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has teamed up with charity group The Pyjama Foundation and offered his office as a collection point for their annual pyjama drive.
The drive, which starts in June, aims to provide a comfy pair of pyjamas for children who often go into foster care with next to nothing.
There were 1098 children living in foster care in the North Coast region for the year ending December 2013 and 8556 for the whole of Queensland*.
Mr McArdle said he hopes to collect 100 pairs of pyjamas for the worthy cause.
“The pyjama drive is an excellent initiative to help those in need and a pair of pyjamas can certainly go a long way to providing some comfort to children who suddenly find themselves in a new living situation,” Mr McArdle said.
“I would urge as many people who can to please dig deep and donate.”
Sunshine Coast Co-Ordinator Kate Morris said all children’s gender and pj sizes were welcome but they were particularly after pyjamas for children aged 5-18.
“Last financial year we saw more than 5000 pairs donated nationally and this year we would love to raise even more,” she said.
“Sunshine Coast residents are known for their generosity and by donating to The Pyjama Foundation they will be making a real difference to the lives of children in need.”
The Pyjama Foundation also aims to provide a reading and learning mentor for every Australian child in foster care, which it’s estimated are more than 39,000.
Mr McArdle’s office is open Monday–Friday 8am-4.30pm and is located at 1/118 Bulcock St, Caloundra.