PJ TIME FOR THE WINTER-STEINS
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.