Schools, streets and workplaces are awash with denim today with their wearers joining the fight against childhood disease.
Jeans for Genes Day, which is held annually on the first Friday in August, celebrates its 21st birthday this year.
People are encouraged to donate a gold coin while wearing jeans or buy a five dollar badge.
The charity organisation, which raises money for research at the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), has raised more than $60 million.
One in 20 Australian children are born with a birth defect or genetic disease such as epilepsy or cancer. The CMRI researches childhood diseases such as these, as well as birth defects and genetic conditions.
A simple gold coin donation allows CMRI to buy enough of the enzyme needed to test patients for aggressive types of cancer, while a five dollar badge can buy a 96-in-one test tube to screen for 96 potential epilepsy drugs. – Jade Meiach-Sherlock