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A snug fit for fundraising at Lakes childcare centre

Daniel Bouwmeester    August 15, 2022    2 min read   

Children and adults alike enjoyed a full day in their PJs on Friday, 22 July, at The Lakes Early Learning Centre – for a good cause.

The early childhood centre participated in National Pyjama Day to help raise money for foster kids, and centre worker Tallara Ritchie said the children really enjoyed wearing their jammies for the day.

“All the staff were onto it and got quite excited,” Tallara said. “It was a fun day for everyone.”

“The class also did a ‘movie day’ where we combined rooms so that everyone could join in on the fun together! The older kids in the Centre said how much they enjoyed the day’s activities.”

Image: The Lakes Early Learning Centre.

Tallara spearheaded the event and helped bring in a total of $92 for The Pyjama Foundation, which supports children who need foster care.

One person anonymously donated $11 through the website with a note saying, “Sending love and hugs to the kids in care”.

The Lakes Early Learning Centre (ELC) is a family owned and operated child care provider supporting parents and guardians of children aged six weeks to 12 years.

Image: The Lakes Early Learning Centre.

Tallara said some of the kids she looks after currently live in foster homes, which was why she was passionate about helping the Pyjama Foundation.

Foster children often switch homes and schools, which interrupts and adversely affects their learning, the Pyjama Foundation’s website says.

“Without support, poor educational outcomes can lead to disengagement in school, mental health issues, unemployment in the future, and poor life choices.”

Image: The Pyjama Foundation.

Tallara confirmed she plans to organise a Pyjama Day at the centre again next year.

“It builds up our spirit in the community,” she said.

You can still contribute to Tallara’s fundraiser. Every dollar counts!

Visit The Lakes ELC at 3 Spring Avenue, Springfield Lakes – open 6am to 6pm daily except public holidays – or contact the Centre at thelakeselc@gmail.com or call 3288 5600.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.