Pyjamas on parade
IT CAN be a recurring nightmare for some, but rocking up to work still dressed in PJs was all done in the name of sick children recently.
Staff at Bank of Queensland Noosa and Tewantin branches dressed down in flannelette pyjamas and slippers last Friday to raise awareness of their annual Banking on our Kids appeal, aimed at getting sick Australian children back into their own beds.
BOQ Noosaville branch manager Susan Bain said the appeal was unique in that one donation would go to help five different hospitals.
“The local community has always been extremely generous and compassionate, as well as being a great supporter of ours, so we’re confident we’ll be able to blow the rest of the country out of the water by being the highest fundraising area in Australia,” she said.
Last year, BOQ raised $223,000 and has this year set a goal of $275,000. The combined amount would bring the total funds raised through the appeal since its launch in 2004 to $1 million.
Money donated to Banking on our Kids goes to Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia, which is a partnership of major children’s hospitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
BOQ Tewantin owner-manager Rod Pertot said his team had looked forward to dressing up for the day.
“Sick kids in hospital aren’t just battling illnesses, they’re also battling homesickness. Every kid wants to be at home getting tucked in by mum and dad,” Rod said.
In person at a BOQ branch.
Branches are located in Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, North Shore, Pacific Paradise, Buderim, Kawana Waters, Chancellor Park, Nambour, Currimundi, Coolum, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Tewantin, Yandina and Caloundra.
By phone. Call 1300 55 72 72