Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - DANNI SHAFIK

THE Win­ter­stein fam­ily has thrown its sup­port be­hind the Py­jama Foun­da­tion, which raises funds for chil­dren in fos­ter care. Cow­boys winger An­to­nio is pic­tured with wife Brooke and chil­dren No­vah, 1, Mi­lanah, 7, and Har­lan, 4, gear­ing up for Fri­day’s Na­tional Py­jama Day.

THE North Queens­land Cow­boys are get­ting be­hind a na­tional cause by urg­ing lo­cals to don their py­ja­mas to help raise funds for a char­ity sup­port­ing chil­dren in fos­ter care.

The Py­jama Foun­da­tion has lo­cal branches in Townsville, Cairns and Mackay and sup­ports chil­dren in fos­ter care by pro­vid­ing free learn­ing-based men­tor­ing from vol­un­teer “py­jama an­gels”.

Fri­day is Na­tional Py­jama Day, which is de­signed to en­cour­age peo­ple to wear their best bed­time at­tire and do­nate to help the foun­da­tion raise funds.

Cow­boys star An­to­nio Win­ter­stein, wife Brooke and daugh­ters Mi­lanah, 7, Har­lan, 4, and No­vah, 1, stepped out in their own sleep­wear to en­cour­age lo­cals to sup­port the cause.

Cow­boys gen­eral man­ager- com­mu­nity Fiona Pelling said the club recog­nised the valu­able work of the py­jama an­gels in the com­mu­nity and was proud to help build in­ter­est in The Py­jama Foun­da­tion’s an­nual fundrais­ing event.

“As a club we re­spect the im­pact and the con­tri­bu­tion that this or­gan­i­sa­tion and their volunteers have on young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies,” she said. “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.”

In Townsville alone, 101 py­jama an­gels are paired with 103 chil­dren, vis­it­ing the same child every week for up to 1 ½ hours to read books aloud, play ed­u­ca­tional games and work on their nu­mer­acy skills.

The Py­jama Foun­da­tion is part of the Cow­boys’ Field of Dreams pro­gram, sup­ported by the Cow­boys Leagues Club. To reg­is­ter for Na­tional Py­jama Day, visit thep­y­ja­mafoun­da­tion. com Win­ter’s wait­ing game: p40



FAM­ILY FUN: Brooke and An­to­nio Win­ter­stein with No­vah, 1, Mi­lanah, 7, and Har­lan, 4.

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