On Sunday March 23, the Pyjama Foundation would love you to dust off your walking shoes and join them to raise funds to support the increasing number of children in foster care.

Growing up I wasn’t good at sport, I couldn’t dance to save myself and no amount of tutoring could help me at math. But reading, oh boy could I read. I was Anne of Green Gables, I was Pippi Longstocking, I was one of the Sweet Valley High Twins. All my problems melted away through the pages of those books. Without them and the magic ability to read my childhood would have been a very dull and boring world. Instead it full of imagination, wonder and delicious anticipation at what would happen at the end. No amount of fancy toys or the latest gadget can beat a great book. That’s why I love The Pyjama Foundation, they are bringing imaginative childhoods back in Vogue while helping those who right now, can’t help themselves, children in foster care.

Pyjama Angels 

Wherever you go, there are Pyjama Angels right throughout the community. Pyjama Angels can be anyone from teachers to lawyers from the ages of 18 to 80 helping to change the world one child at a time. All it takes is one hour a week to transform the life of a child in foster care. After training with The Pyjama foundation they sign you up to a little person and then you simply read to them once a week. It provides kids in foster care with another reliable and trustworthy adult they can depend on. plus it helps them academically as well. Children in care are at risk of being left behind in many aspects of their lives, this has proven to make a huge difference.

The cost to train, and facilitate The Pyjama Angels is huge and so The Pyjama foundation are hosting The Long Road fundraising walks in 13 regions throughout Australia, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  The Long Road is an opportunity for friends, workmates, families, neighbours, and everyone in the community to do something good for their health, have fun, and at the same time, make a positive difference to the lives of over 39,000 children in care.

Please if you are interested, join me on the Gold Coast, or at the below locations on the 23rd of March

Logan – Berrinba Wetlands, Wayne Goss Drive, Browns Plains | 7:00 am start
Brisbane – Crockatt Park, Cnr Hornibrook Esp & Oxley Avenue, Woody Point | 7:00 am start
Sunshine Coast – Fraser Park, The Esplanade, Golden Beach | 7:00 am start
Gold Coast – Hollindale Park, SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach | 7:00 am start
Ipswich – Queens Park, 10A Milford Street, Ipswich | 7:00 am start

After which you may even decide to volunteer to become an Angel. If you have ever wanted to volunteer for something, I can guarantee you this, this is the one that keeps the wheel of joy turning because as you help a little person navigate his or her way through a life that has dealt them a tough hand, you too will reap the rewards of love.

For more information head here http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/thelongroad2014