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Cowboys in pyjamas for a cause

The Winterstein family are supporting the National Pyjama Day fundraiser
The Winterstein family are supporting the National Pyjama Day fundraiser

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are getting behind a national cause, urging the Cowboys community to don pyjamas for the national charity fundraiser supporting children in foster care.

National Pyjama Day is this Friday, 21 July, and aims to bring much-needed attention to the important work of The Pyjama Foundation, which gives children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills and confidence.

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Family man and Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein was quick to find his flannelettes in support of the cause, along with wife Brooke, and daughters Milanah (7), Harlen (4) and Novah (1). 

Cowboys general manager – community Fiona Pelling said the club recognises the valuable work PJ Angels do in the community, and is proud to help build interest in their annual fundraising event.

“As a club we respect the impact and contribution that this organisation and their volunteers have on young people and their families. We are thrilled to be in a position to help raise awareness of the great job they do and also have a little bit of fun at the same time,” Ms Pelling said.

With more than 50,000 children in foster care across the country, the money raised from National Pyjama Day will go towards education resources and the training, screening and recruitment of volunteer mentors – dubbed ‘Pyjama Angels’.

Founder and executive director of The Pyjama Foundation, Bronwyn Sheehan, says there has never been a more crucial time to support Australian kids in care.

“Statistics show that 75 per cent of children in care are not finishing school. Many children in care bounce from home to home, and to different schools which greatly hinders their learning and their ability to form stable relationships," Ms Sheehan said.

“By offering these children mentors, who visit them once a week to help them with their homework, literacy and numeracy, we’re helping them to take a step closer to achieving their dreams, whether it be to become an astronaut or a nurse.” 

The Pyjama Foundation is also part of the Cowboys Field of Dreams program, supported by the Cowboys Leagues Club.

For more information on The Pyjama Foundation, visit