Rock up in jeans for a good cause
JEANS for Genes Day is the one day a year people can leave their uniform hanging in their closet and trade it for a trendy pair of denim jeans – and all in the name of a good cause.
The students at the Warwick Christian College have thrown their support behind the event, with many of the school’s 49 students planning to dress in their favourite denim pieces for the day.
The students are asked to contribute a gold coin donation in exchange for wearing their jeans and this is just one of the many dress up days the school has in support of different charities.
Teacher-in-charge Moira Coates said the school has also held a purple day for epilepsy and pink day for breast cancer and said the kids learn the importance of the events.
“Basically we are trying to teach the kids they’re never too young to help, even if it is by wearing jeans and making a gold coin donation,” Mrs Coates said.
“When we hold days like this we always sit them down and talk to them about why they’re doing it. There is no point dressing up if they don’t know why.”
Student Seamus Ryan said he will “definitely” be rocking a cool pair of denim jeans this Friday.
“I think it is good because it helps the babies when they grow up,” he said. “I will be wearing jeans and my Jeans for Genes Day wristbands that I got last year.”
Seamus said dressing up is a fun excuse to not wear a school uniform for the day and he has shown his commitment to go out of his comfort zone for a good cause.
“I dressed all in pink for the pink day – I used my sister’s stuff and I squeezed right into it,” he said.
The money raised from Jeans for Genes day goes straight to the pockets of the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), which aims to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.
A number of local businesses are participating in the event, including Harvey Norman, Westpac, Warwick Friendly Society, Warwick Credit Union, Southern Downs Regional Council, Rose City Shoppingworld, Wickhams Freight Lines and the Warwick Christian College.
To register for Jeans for Genes day or make a donation, visit www.jeansforgenes.org.au.
What it does
Donations to Jeans for Genes will help CMRI scientists advance the prevention and treatment of disease, leading to healthier generations of children.
Each year more than two million Australians wear their favourite jeans and donate much
needed funds to support vital genetic research.
Since 1994, Australians have raised more than $56 million through Jeans for Genes to
support research at Children’s Medical Research Institute.