‘PJ day’ supports foster care initiative

AMillicent cafe has supported some of society’s most vulnerable members by taking part in a novel fundraiser.

Two Spoons Coffee House manager Haylie Callow and employee Kacie Hale donned their nightwear at the height of winter and took part in the annual National Pyjama Day.

The George Street eatery donated a portion of its takings to the charity and also urged its customers to “dress down” and contribute.

The aim of the day was to raise as much funds as possible for The Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning Program which is offered to children in foster care – Australia’s lowest performing educational group.

The duo also took part a year ago but their efforts were hampered by COVID lockdown orders in force at the time.

“Our customers have been very supportive this year and we have had a good response,” Ms Callow said.

“We decided to become involved as some of our regular customers are foster carers.”

Some tourists also took part when they became aware of the initiative.

Adelaide Hills tourist Mark Rawlins said he had called at Two Spoons the previous day.

“We are part of Youth with a Mission who are spending a fortnight in the South East region including time at the Millicent Community Church,” he said.

“We decided to keep our pyjamas on when we came for our morning coffee on Friday.”

Money raised through the nationwide fundraiser will allow “Pyjama Angel” community mentors to be recruited, screened, trained and then matched with a child in care.

Together they read books, play educational games, do homework and more. Most importantly, they empower children with learning, life skills and confidence to reach their full potential.

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