Jeans for Genes Day 2018

Friday 3 August is the annual Jeans for Genes Day – an important awareness and fund-raising initiative for kids with genetic diseases. This year marks the event’s 25th anniversary and the organisation is putting the call out to help raise $25 million. 

With one in 20 children born with a genetic disease, many of us know a child living with one of 6000 genetic conditions. Below are just some of the ways in which you can help the Children’s Medical Research Institute continue its much-needed research into treatments for conditions including cancer, epilepsy and cystic fibrosis.

Get your workplace involved
Organise a denim day, morning tea, trivia night or other fun workplace event to collect donations. There’s nothing like a social event and the opportunity to wear your jeans to get the donations rolling in. 

Support fundraising initiatives around you

Retailers including Jeanswest, Lowes and Big W will be selling merchandise such as badges, pens, yoyos and key-rings as part of the donation drive. On August 3rd, Volunteers will also be selling merch at various major train stations and CBD locations around the country. Alternatively, you can show your support by buying a t-shirt or hoodie through the institute’s website.

Volunteer your time
Join the thousands of other Jeans for Genes volunteers as a public face of the cause. Jeans for Genes needs volunteers all around the country to interact with the public and communicate why the organisation is worthy. Not only will you be raising awareness on behalf of science, you’ll get to join a community of like minded individuals too.

Start your own online drive
Sign up on the Jeans for Genes website to start your own fundraising effort. If you’re passionate and can motivate those around you to rally for a good cause, this is a great option. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to new experiences either – run a marathon, swim a great distance or shave off your hair to get people to take notice.