By Toni Brient
Aug. 7, 2015, 3:30 a.m.

MILDURA’S Mark Healy, 11, has carefully selected his outfit for school today – denim from head to toe.

Sacred Heart Primary School student Mark Healy, pictured with mother Mel Plany, started his school’s Jeans for Genes Day campaign last year.
Picture: Louise Donges

He, along with his peers at Sacred Heart Primary School, will join others across Australia to don denim in support of genetic research.

Money raised on Jeans for Genes Day, the first Friday in August each year, helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures to childhood disease.

Sacred Heart students will donate a gold coin to ditch their uniforms for a day in ­favour of jeans.

The Twelfth Street school is one of seven schools and 19 organisations in Mildura that have registered to raise funds.

“Last year we raised $413.50,” Mark said.

“Hopefully this year we’ll beat it.”

Mark approached his school last year to take part in Jeans for Genes Day.

“I was watching TV one morning and I saw an ad about it,” he said.

“I felt a bit sorry for the kids who were ill – they were limited as to what they could do compared to normal kids.

“So I thought it would be good if we could do something to help.”

This year, Mark has thought of a ­further incentive to raise awareness of the cause.

He is running a scavenger hunt, awarding a packet of chocolate frogs to the class who can find a square of denim he hid somewhere in the school grounds last night.