Pacific Hills wear their Jeans for Genes!!!

2019 08 02 jeans for genes dayDid you know approximately 1 in 20 Australian children face a birth defect or genetic disease? Pacific Hills has been a proud supporter of Jeans for Genes since 1996 and this week we learned more about this topic from the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

CMRI Community Relations Manager, Jennifer Philps, and Researcher, Dr Sam Rogers, visited our first assembly for Term 3 to explain why Jeans for Genes Day (on Friday August 2nd) is so important.

“Donations raised go towards further research into genetic disorders as well as raising awareness of genetic diseases. We need research into children because they have a unique set of biology”, explained Dr Rogers.

Sam used the analogy that some cells have too many ‘books’ or read the ‘wrong books’ and when this happens the cells don’t behave as they should and this is where disease arises.

“Hospitals are no place for anyone, let alone children, so the impact our work can have on them and their family makes me really excited.”

The Children’s Medical Research Institute are grateful to have our very own Maddy and Briella Luk involved in the Jeans for Genes campaign. The Luk family are fantastic advocates for the importance of research into children’s genetic diseases and its impact on the next generation of kids.

Students and staff wore jeans on Friday and raised money for the CMRI through their fundraising page and gold coin donations.

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