Anna Russell July 30, 2015, 10:29 a.m

Richmond pre-school fundraiser for CMRI 

RICHMOND’S Teach a Tot Pre-school will throw on their denim and conduct fun activities for its students in support of National Jeans for Genes Day on Friday, August 7.
Richmond Pre-School Fundraiser
Teachers Maria Hof, Felicity Mitchell and Caitlin Mulligan with students Evan Evgenias, Max Tischler, Preston Parslow and Jonas Lukic.

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).

All money raised goes directly to research aimed at curing childhood genetic diseases, which currently affect one in every 20 Australian kids.

Teach a Tot is participating in Jeans for Genes Day by urging parents and children to dress in denim in exchange for a small donation.

The staff have planned fun, engaging and educational activities for the kids, including blue denim inspired experiences such as painting, play dough creations and decorating old pairs of jeans using collage materials. 

Teachers Maria Hof and Felicity Mitchell said they hoped to raise awareness of geneic diseases, and help raise money to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

“We hope to evoke a sense of community in the children by having them be a part of the day, and help raise some awareness for Jeans for Genes,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We want to show our support for future generations and bring families and the community together to support such an important cause,” Ms Hof added.

The local community are also encouraged to donate on Teach a Tots Jeans for Genes page to help reach their fundraising goals. 

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From humble beginnings and the simple idea of going in denim mufti for a gold coin donation, Jeans for Genes Day has raised over $62 million in just over two decades, helping scientists discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. To support the cause, Jeans for Genes merchandise is available at local schools and offices and donations can be made at major outlets including Big W, Jeanswest, and Lowes. Participants can share their denim outfit using #JeansForGenesAU.