GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA (7 July, 2021) – Some wore onesies, others got snuggly in slippers and flannelette, but all wore their PJs for a day.

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific staff, Club Wyndham resort staff, resort guests and Club Wyndham members collectively dressed in sleepwear recently holding their very own Pyjama Day to raise funds in support of The Pyjama Foundation, which holds its national Pyjama Day annually on July 23.

With close to 60,000 members, Club Wyndham South Pacific, is one of the region’s leading vacation clubs with 51 resorts across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Japan, Hawaii and Europe. Resorts such as Club Wyndham Surfers Paradise set up beds in their lobbies to help raise awareness and encourage pyjama-clad guests to take photos.

The Pyjama Foundation was founded in 2004 to give children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence. Alarmed at the statistics highlighting poor literacy and numeracy levels of children in care, and how this contributes to a lifetime of disadvantage, founder Bronwyn Sheehan started the Pyjama Foundation to offer hope and a more positive outlook for children in foster care.

Through a simple program known as the Love of Learning Program, volunteers called Pyjama Angels are matched with a child in care, and spend one hour a week focusing on learning based activities. Pyjama Angels read books aloud, play educational games, and help children with their homework. In that time, they demonstrate that this child is valued and loved.

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific Senior Vice President Human Resources, Customer Experience and Brand Communications, Bruce Harkness said that staff, members and resort guests had been very generous with their fundraising and had reached their target of $5,000. Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific then matched these contributions to boost the total donation made to the Pyjama Foundation to $10,000.

“Wishes by Wyndham, our philanthropic program was created from the desire to support the communities in which we operate. We are thankful to our guests and members for helping us raise these much-needed funds. Wearing our PJs for a day was a fun way to give back, and we are proud to be able to hopefully make a difference to some 20 children’s lives through the support of this wonderful charity,” said Mr Harkness.

The Pyjama Foundation Founder and CEO Bronwyn Sheehan said money raised through the National Pyjama Day campaign is absolutely vital in supporting the sustainability and growth of the Foundation’s Love of Learning Program.

“The money raised by Wyndham will allow us to train another 20 committed Pyjama Angel volunteers to support 20 more children who are currently on our extensive waiting lists,” she said. “Nationally, there are more than 48,000 children in care and we are supporting just 1,300 children. There is a lot more work to be done and with the support of organisations like Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific we are one step closer in achieving our goal of supporting every child in care.”

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