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Make A Wish - NCNA Pyjama Day 

Wednesday, 28 March 2007


The NCNA is holding a pyjama day on Friday 30th March with the hope of raising €200,000 for the make-a-wish foundation. Today Daithi O'Shea, patron of make-a-wish joins us along with Tom and Chloe who both had their wishes granted.

On Friday, March 30th 2007, over 40,000 children throughout Ireland will take part in wearing their PJs to nurseries in support of the NCNA's National Pyjama Day to raise funds in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

About Daithi
TG4's TV Weather Man & Presenter Daithi O'Sé - heard about Make-A-Wish when he was asked to be the MC for the Kerry Rose Competition where funds raised on the two evenings were donated to Make-A-Wish.
Daithi became Make-A-Wish's patron last August when he very kindly agreed to compete in Charity You're a Star. Daithi was the hit of the show. A man of many talents, he has been a ringmaster with Duffy's circus, he has hosted Crime Call with RTE, is one of the main presenters with TG4' horse racing team and appeared on the Podge & Rodge show and more recently the Ryan Tubridy show.

About Tom
Tom age 16 from Cork was granted his wish of meeting the Red Hot Chilli peppers and drumming with Chad Smith from the Chilli's. He said he had the time of his life, himself and his family were driven to the gig in a limo met the band backstage, played on Chad Smith's warm up drum kit. He couldn't describe in words how good it was to meet Chad and the rest of the band.

About Chloe
Chloe age 9 from Dublin was granted her wish of going to Disney land with her family for her birthday. Her request was to go to Disneyworld in Florida around time of birthday - 28th December. Make-A-Wish arranged for her and her family to go and meet Goofy, Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants and other Disney characters. Prior to her trip, she met a VIP who wished her bon voyage (Bertie Ahearn). Chloe is going to come in to studio in her spongebob square pants pyjama's.

About Make-A-Wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Ireland has one simple aim - to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 18 living with a life-threatening illness. Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish in Ireland has granted wishes for over 450 special children and realised their greatest dream and experienced the hope, strength and joy each wish provides.  A wish granted is true magic for the child providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. In all possible cases Make-A-Wish grants the child's first wish ensuring that all immediate family members participate. In doing so we provide long-lasting and happy memories for those relatives, whatever the future may hold. Wishes are limited only by the child's imagination and come under four categories; "I wish to go to.." "I wish to be...," "I wish to meet.," or "I wish to have..."
Make-A-Wish target for 2007 is to grant 100 wishes.

The history

NCNA The National Childrens Nurseries Association decided in 2004 to organise a national pyjama day, on this day children and staff attending the NCNA nurseries were invited to wear their PJ`s to the nursery. The parents, family and friends of the children were asked to make a donation, sponsor their children, or pay for the children to wear their pjs to the nursery in aid of a charity. The charity selected in 2004 was Telethon People in Need.
Pyjama day is a fun day for all and  is about children helping children.

 In 2005 the staff and committee of NCNA decided that Make A Wish  was the charity which they wanted to contribute too. It was felt at the time, that it was important to NCNA that the charity chosen would have the welfare of children as their priority , the fact also that NCNA is a national organisation representing in excess of 700 members nationally and that Make A Wish grant wishes for children through out Ireland was very important to NCNA as we have children taking part and contributing to Pyjama Day all over Ireland. We at NCNA have been delighted with the coverage by local and national media of the nurseries national taking part in pj day, as we see this as increasing the profile of the NCNA and the full daycare childcare providers in Ireland. Over the last two years NCNA National Pyjama Day has raised in excess of â,¬250 in aid of Make A Wish.

Children in NCNA nurseries all over Ireland wear their PJs and take part in fun activities associated with this fun event in their nurseries on national pyjama day. Each nursery registered with the NCNA to take part in the event, they receive a pack containing balloons, posters and activity ideas. On the morning of PJ day many nursery's have breakfast in giant beds, teddy bears picnics and lots of fun activities for the children to enjoy .Many nurseries organise celebrity visitors to meet the children in their PJ`s all the NCNA support staff visit nurseries through out Ireland on the day. All monies raised by these nurseries will go to Make a Wish this year. The children in the nurseries have a great fun day and they know that they are helping to make wishes come true for other children, children granting wishes for children, and having fun taking part. 

This NCNA pyjama day
NCNA National Pyjama Day - to Raise €200,000 in Aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation

On Friday, March 30th 2007, over 40,000 children throughout Ireland will take part in wearing their PJ's to nurseries in support of the NCNA's National Pyjama Day to raise funds in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

NCNA National Pyjama Day is an annual event organised by the National Children's Nurseries Association (NCNA), which last year raised €155,000 for Make-A-Wish.

This year the 40,000 participating children hope to raise some €200,000 for the charity which grants the wishes of children living with a life threatening illness in Ireland.  This will help grant over 30 wishes, bringing fun, magic and hope to a sick child so they can forget about their illness for a while.  Over 500 services from nurseries, crèches and montessori schools are participating across Ireland.  DIT, primary schools and some companies have also agreed to wear some form of nightwear on 30th March.

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