The West Australian
Shannon Verhagen, SOUTH WESTERN TIMES
July 30, 2015, 10:13 am

Jeans a comfy fit for Dardanup school


Dardanup Primary School students Lily Baskott, 10, and Kate Drennan, 7, strike a pose for Jeans for Genes Day. Picture: Jon Gellweiler
 
Jeans a comfy fit for Dardanup school
Dardanup Primary School students will don their finest denim attire next week to support a cause close to home.

Jeans for Genes Day will unite Australians on August 7 to raise money for the Children's Medical Research Institute and support research into birth defects, cancers and genetic conditions.

Dardanup Primary School deputy principal Malena Cahill said the cause was particularly special for the school as two of its students, Kate Drennan, 7, and Lily Baskott, 10, were personally affected by childhood illness.

Kate - who is now in remission - was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at three years of age and a newborn screening revealed Lily had cystic fibrosis when she was just six weeks old.

"Jeans for Genes is a very special day for us," Ms Cahill said.

"All of our students have the children's research very dear to their hearts because they want to see Kate and Lily well."

Ms Cahill said students would bring a gold coin donation on the day and the school may host a bake sale to raise extra money.

"If any money that we raise could help to improve the quality of life for any child it would be just amazing," she said.