Ashley Clark | 5th Aug 2015 5:00 AM

JEANS FOR GENES: Nate Tickle and Connor Jensen (front), Narie Patullo, Harlow Tickel, Olympia Bennett, William Chase, Eilish Freeson and Joanne Gleeson (back) will don their best denim for the day on Friday 7 August to raise awareness and money for research into curing childhood genetic diseases, which currently affect 1 in every 20 Aussie kids. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail


EASTSIDE Little Learners Child Care Centre will join children from across the nation to don their best denim this Friday to raise awareness and money for research into curing childhood genetic diseases.

Now in its 22nd year, Jeans for Genes is a much-loved national day when people wear their jeans to raise funds for the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI).

Eastside Little Learners director Joanne Gleeson said the children, aged between two and five years, had already been participating in a number of activities in the lead up to the day.

"We have been doing lots of art work and even decorated a cardboard cut out of jeans," she said.

"Even though the children are young, they still recognise that the jeans mean something special."

The centre is helping out by making gold-coin donations, selling merchandise and donning their best denim.

"We always love to support anything to do with the health and wellbeing of children and we encourage anyone who visits us on Friday to make a donation," Ms Gleeson said.

This year the charity is encouraging Aussies not to just wear jeans but to go all out and embrace the trend of double and triple denim.

Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at Children's Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

In fact, just $1 would help to fight cancer and would buy enough of the crucial enzyme needed to test the blood of one patient for aggressive cancers.

Become involved by registering your school or workplace and receive a Jeans for Genes Fundraising Information Pack plus regular updates.
To donate or for more information, visit http://www.jeansforgenes.org.au