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Fostering a field of dreams

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Each Cowboys home game, a Field of Dreams partner donates 30 tickets to a North Queensland community organisation to recognise their contribution, giving over 400 special guests a year the chance to see their Cowboys heroes live in action.

Friday night's North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game against the Melbourne Storm will welcome back deserving volunteers from The Pyjama Foundation for the Field of Dreams program, thanks to the Cowboys Leagues Club.

The Pyjama Foundation was established in 2004 to offer hope and a more positive outlook to children in care, after learning the statistics of poor literacy and numeracy levels of foster children often leading to a lifetime of disadvantage.

Recently hosting their national charity fundraiser - National Pyjama Day - the Foundation will now be able to provide even more education opportunities to thousands of foster children, raising over $100,000!

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

Cowboys winger and family man 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). 

Founder and executive director of The Pyjama Foundation, Bronwyn Sheehan, said the fundraiser was a huge success, and that it was great to see the whole community, including the Cowboys, show their support.

“Many children in out-of-home care miss out on the opportunity to have a sound education because of the turmoil and trauma in their young lives, hindering their learning capabilities, so it was great to see the wider community get behind these children and help give them the best start in life," Ms Sheehan said.

“Every child deserves the right to an education, and whether the child wants to grow up to be an astronaut or a doctor, The Pyjama Foundation is there to help them reach their potential.

"We are so grateful for the chance to reward our dedicated volunteers, because without them we would not be able to give these children the extra support they deserve."

Cowboys Leagues Club general manager Clint Williams said the club was proud to be able to give back to such a worthy local charity.

“We’re a community-focused club and being able to reward dedicated volunteers in our region is a special opportunity,” Mr Williams said.

For more information on The Pyjama Foundation, visit thepyjamafoundation.com