The Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) Gerringong took Jeans for Genes Day to their hearts in 1994, and they’ve built traditions since then to make it a major fundraiser.
“Thanks to the generous support of people of all ages and from far and wide we raised over $9000 last year,” says Lorraine Peade. “We hope to do even better this year.
“One hundred per cent of the money raised from Jeans for Genes goes directly to the work of scientists investigating conditions such as birth defects, cancers and epilepsy.
“We encourage everyone in our community to wear their jeans on Friday 4 August to highlight these facts.”
As well as distributing merchandise to local businesses, schools and individual supporters, CMRI Gerringong sells tickets in its Denim Quilt raffle at a stall at Shellharbour Square and IGA Gerringong.
The quilt is always drawn at the Trivia Night held on Jeans for Genes Day.
“This year’s denim quilt was designed by Willi Harley. She and her fellow members of the Kiama Quilters Guild made it and donated this unique work for our raffle,” says Lorraine.
“The denim, vibrant reds and Japanese pieces create a stunning combination that would enhance any room. Cleverly created and beautifully made, this will appeal to all ages.”
The quilt will be on display at their Shellharbour stall on 21-22 July and at Gerringong IGA on 28-29 July and 3-4 August.
There will also be a major raffle at the Trivia Night, with prizes including a two night accommodation stay at any Wyndham hotel or resort in Australia or New Zealand, one night accommodation plus breakfast at the Mercure Gerringong, High Tea for two at the Mercure Gerringong, a $50 gift voucher from Laird’s Custom Framing & Fine Art, and a 2017/18 Entertainment Book.
Lorraine says there will be plenty of other prizes and giveaways.
Details: Trivia Night Friday 4 August, Gerroa Boat Fisherman’s Club.
Tickets $20 per person from Cronin’s Liquor. Make up or join a table of up to 10.
It is also possible to buy Jeans for Genes T-shirts and hoodies by shopping online at http://www.jeansforgenes.org.au/goshopping