Early Childhood Ireland announces launch of 2018 National Pyjama Day Fund

Early Childhood Ireland announces launch of 2018 National Pyjama Day Fund

Posted on September 20, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 National Pyjama Day Fund.

A total of six charities were selected to receive a portion of the funds raised on National Pyjama Day earlier this year, which amounted to almost €280,000. The recipient charities are:

  • Down Syndrome Ireland
  • Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland
  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
  • Temple Street Foundation
  • AsIAm
  • ReCreate

Each of the charities support children with additional needs under the age of 6.

The launch was marked with a celebration at Ivy Lane Montessori and Crèche in Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2. Teresa Heeney, CEO Early Childhood Ireland, attended the launch along with Tina Roche, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland, and representatives from each of the recipient charities.

Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day is now in its fifteenth year. The annual event sees children sponsored to wear their pyjamas into crèche and preschool to raise money for children’s causes.

This year 60,000 children from 1,300 crèches and preschools nationwide signed up for the event. The €280,000 raised adds to the €2.75 million raised by National Pyjama Day since its inception.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Teresa Heeney, Early Childhood Ireland, commented, ‘Together with The Community Foundation for Ireland, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day Fund for 2018. National Pyjama Day is a hugely fun and exciting event that raises a tremendous amount of funds for very worthy causes each year.’

‘We would like to send our warmest congratulations to each of the six recipient charities on this announcement. This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our members and, on behalf of everyone at Early Childhood Ireland, I would like to sincerely thank them for their support and generosity.’

Tina Roche, The Community Foundation for Ireland, added, ‘Again, in our second year of the Fund, we saw a large number of applications. In fact, there was almost a 50% increase in applications from last year. This shows that funds are badly needed for the early years for children with additional needs. Philanthropy has an important role to play in filling the gaps in existing services. There is no doubt that the projects funded will make a very significant impact.’