The teams at Amazon Australia wore their pyjamas to work this week as part of the annual Amazon Goes Gold (AGG) PJammin’ initiative to raise awareness and funds for paediatric cancer.
In addition to wearing their finest pyjamas in solidarity with the hundreds of Australian children that are diagnosed with cancer each year, Amazon Australia has donated more than $100,000 to Children’s Hospitals across the country to help fund paediatric cancer research and support programs. Each hospital also received activity bags with handwritten notes from the team to brighten the day for kids who are currently in the oncology ward and help them have some fun.
Sanda, Inbound Stow Assistant at Amazon Australia said, “While somewhat of a novelty to wear our PJs to work, the reality is that it is no joke for the thousands of Australians fighting cancer everyday from their hospital beds. I feel privileged to raise funds for children’s cancer alongside my colleagues and I’m incredibly proud to be part of a team that is making a difference.”
According to the Cancer Council, in Australia alone, over 750 children between the ages of 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer each year1 and it is one of the leading causes of death by disease among children in many countries.
Over the past 18 months, pyjamas may have increasingly made their way into our virtual offices as many of us have adjusted to working from home, but it’s important to remember that for years this has been the battle uniform of kids fighting cancer during their treatment and recovery.
“At Amazon, we’re proud to be wearing our pyjamas at our fulfiment centres and delivery stations across the country to stand in unity with these children and their families. We hope to help raise awareness for this cause and also shine a spotlight on the incredible work that is being done by so many organisations to increase the survival rate and find cures for childhood cancer.”
#AmazonGoesGold is a global initiative, spanning North America, Europe, Middle East, Japan, the U.K. and Australia, bringing greater awareness to childhood cancer globally, and partnering with local hospitals and organisations where Amazon employees work and live.