Py­jama An­gel of the Year has been awarded to one de­voted woman

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

ONE ded­i­cated an­gel has been named the Py­jama An­gel of the Year for the Sun­shine Coast.

Caloun­dra res­i­dent Tina Cloth­ier has been with the Py­jama Angels for more than four years and her hard work is ap­pre­ci­ated.

The Py­jama Foun­da­tion was founded in 2004 to give chil­dren in fos­ter care the op­por­tu­nity to change the di­rec­tion of their lives with learn­ing life skills and con­fi­dence.

Ms Cloth­ier has been in­volved with the same fam­ily for three of those years.

“They’re part of our fam­ily,” she said. “Lots of the kids in­volved strug­gle in ev­ery­day life, so see­ing them achieve some­thing and be­ing proud of them­selves is the most im­por­tant thing to me.”

Ms Cloth­ier was work­ing in a Sun­shine Coast adult lit­er­acy pro­gram when her col­league men­tioned the Py­jama Angels.

Af­ter she ap­plied and got ac­cepted she said “the rest was his­tory”.

She be­lieves lit­er­acy is a sig­nif­i­cant skill.

“Lit­er­acy is re­ally im­por­tant. If you can read, you can do any­thing.”

Ms Cloth­ier was hum­bled by her win.

“I was re­ally sur­prised. I think it’s nice to be ap­pre­ci­ated,” said Ms Cloth­ier. “The fam­ily wrote a beau­ti­ful tes­ti­mo­nial. What they wrote bought tears to my eyes. The work the Py­jama An­gel Foun­da­tion does is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”


GROUP SUP­PORT: Kate Mor­ris, Vicki, Tina Cloth­ier and Bron­wyn Shee­han.

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