The BOQ Emerald staff members don their brightly coloured costumes and pyjamas for a good cause.
The BOQ Emerald staff members don their brightly coloured costumes and pyjamas for a good cause.

Bank staff don PJs to help kids

PYJAMAS are usually best worn to bed but last Friday the staff of Bank of Queensland Emerald and Barcaldine donned their flannelette bed-gear, along with some well-known storybook character costumes, for their latest fundraising venture.

The brightly coloured costumes marked the launch of the Banking on our Kids appeal, which aimed to get sick Aussie kids back in their own beds sooner.

BOQ Emerald owner-manager Leigh-Ann Janosevic said the appeal was unique in that one donation would go to help five different hospitals around the country.

“Because 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, by donating once you’re actually helping sick and injured kids right around the country,” Leigh-Ann said.

“And it’s not just the kids in capital cities you’re helping either. More than 50% of admissions at these hospitals over the past year were from kids in regional areas who have had to visit their capital city for treatment.

“We think it’s a great appeal and are hoping to make 2011 our biggest year yet. In fact, if we can raise more than $275,000 around the country this year, we will have raised a total of $1,000,000 since launching the appeal in 2004.”

BOQ Barcaldine manager Mary Cresswell, said the teams were excited to dress up for the day.

“Banking on our Kids is very close to our hearts because we’re all children, parents, grandparents, uncles, or aunties,” Mary said.

“We understand that bedtime is a special time for children and parents. Even bad days are cured by story-time and goodnight kisses.

“And sick kids in hospital aren’t just battling illnesses, they’re also battling home-sicknesses. Every kid wants to be at home getting tucked in by Mum and Dad, to be surrounded by their own toys and be in their own bed.

“So that’s why we’re urging people to get behind the appeal and help sick kids get back to their own beds, quicker.”


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