Tuesday 16 January 2018

National Pyjama Day

National Pyjama Day and the Danone Big Toddle for Barnardos are great ways for children, parents and childcare facilities to help raise money for charity over the next few months

Register for National Pyjama Day

This Friday, prepare to get your children’s jim-jams out, as National Pyjama Day takes place in childcare facilities around Ireland. National Pyjama Day has so far raised almost €2m for children’s charities in Ireland, and its organisers hope to raise €350,000 this year for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) ‘Hospice Homecare for Children’ Programme, which will improve the currently inadequate services that are available to the 1,300 children with life-limiting conditions here.

The funding from National Pyjama Day this year will help establish a network of eight outreach nurses throughout the country. These ‘Pyjama Day’ nurses will operate in the community to co-ordinate care for these children.

Rita Melia, National Pyjama Day organiser, says they are anticipating this year’s event will be the biggest in their seven-year history: “National Pyjama Day is one of the most popular fundraising drives in the country as it gives parents, children and childcare providers the opportunity to support a most worthy children’s charity in a fun and interactive way. Our motto is children helping children and having fun, and we believe there is a perfect tie in with this year’s chosen charity.

“We are calling on everyone in the early childhood care and education sector around the country to take part and support this worthy cause by registering for National Pyjama Day.”

Tim O’Dea, head of Fundraising at the IHF, adds: “The Irish Hospice Foundation is looking forward to working alongside the NCNA in order to reach our shared goal of improving the services available to children with life-limiting conditions.”

Most families of these children want home as the place of care, and ultimately, of passing for their child and we would utilise the funding to co-ordinate the eight outreach nurses to assist families around the country during their time of need.” Anyone involved in the early childhood care and education sector can easily take part in National Pyjama Day by:

1. Registering online through www.ncna.ie and clicking on the Pyjama Day Logo on the home page.

2. Emailing nationalpyjamaday@ncna.ie for a registration form. This can be filled in and returned via email.

3. Calling 087 275 5675 where a Pyjama Day co-ordinator will take registration details.

Waddle for charity

IT’S that time of year again when Danone Big Toddle for Barnardos organisers are encouraging parents to sign their little ones up for this charity event, which takes place between 1 May and 30 June. Now in its eighth year, the Toddle is a fun, sponsored walk and an enjoyable way for schools, crèches, montessoris, families and community groups to raise vital funds to support the work that Barnardos does in communities all over Ireland.

Barnardos needs as many groups and children as possible to join in the Toddle and, through sponsorship, help raise more funds than ever before. Over the past seven years this event has raised a total of €2m and seen more than 112,500 children participate. This funding has enabled Barnardos to continue its work with more than 5,500 children and families each year.

Barnardos fundraising manager Orla Tighe says: “Each and every step taken by Ireland’s toddlers paves the way to creating a better start for children their own age. Last year more than 22,500 toddlers took it in their stride and raised almost €300,000 – their small steps have made a huge impact on the lives of other children.

This year we have set a target of 12,000 miles – that’s six times the length of the Irish coastline!”

Groups can register their toddlers today for the Danone Big Toddle for Barnardos by visiting www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle or by phoning 1850 222 300. You will receive a free fun pack that includes everything you need to organise your Big Toddle! You can follow the Danone Big Toddle for Barnardos 2011 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Danone-Big-Toddle-for-Barnardos/188769921145578

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