Monday, June 25, 2007

Pyjamas pile up for Romania

Source: This is Lancashire

Dozens of pairs of pyjamas have been donated to sick and poverty-stricken youngsters in hospital in Romania.

Shoppers in Bolton donated the nightwear, or went especially to buy some, when the Rotaract Club of Bolton held a special event.

Volunteers dressed in their pyjamas to tell passers-by in the Crompton Place shopping centre about the plight of the children.

Louise Tansey, Bolton Rotaract president, said: "We couldn't believe the response. So many people stopped to ask questions and then many of them bought pyjamas to donate to us. These children are extremely poorly. Many live in poverty and don't have their own nightwear. So when they go into hospital they have nothing to sleep in.

"If we don't do something about that, then no-one will."

The pyjamas will be sent to the Santa Maria Children's Hospital in Iasi, one of the biggest cities in Romania.

Rotaract is a branch of the Rotary Club for younger members, aged 18 to 30.

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