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Denim sporting rounds raise thousands


If you thought supporting Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and Jeans for Genes on the sporting field or court was impossible – think again!

Some footballers and netball players are showing incredible creativity to support the cause.

Baulkham Hills Netball Association formed a new partnership with Children’s Medical Research Institute in 2019 which has seen them hold two fundraising days. The latest event was a Denim Round held on the night of Jeans for Genes Day and the following Saturday.

One of the most popular parts of this netball fundraiser was the sale of 500 denim scrunchie hair ties, lovingly handmade by the Rotary Club of Glenhaven and friends. They were so popular they sold out by 10:30am on the Saturday! Players also made donations, bought products like Jeans for Genes handballs, hoodies and beanies, and the event was supported by the CMRI Hills Fundraising Committee.

All up this winter season they have raised an incredible $7,700 according to CMRI’s Partnerships Manager, James Duffy.

“Community is how CMRI began, so the opportunity to collaborate with our committees to be involved with grassroots netball and engage with players and families in our backyard is very special,’’ James said. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity.”

We have also had our first ever Denim Round of rugby, put on by the Northern Saints team. CMRI cancer researcher, Steve Williams, plays in the team and arranged for a denim jersey to be made and auctioned off at the end of the game.

They had a record crowd at the game and raised more than $8,500. Steve said it was great to see the community getting behind the work of scientists like him.

“I see this as mutually beneficial for both Jeans for Genes, by raising awareness through an audience that might otherwise not be exposed to the incredible work done at CMRI, but also for grassroots rugby union and the way it shows the wider community that the players’ values extend past the good they do on the field,’’ Steve said.

“I hope this kind of collaboration makes more kids want to play rugby as well as show them how pursuing a career in research, such as that done at CMRI, can help others live a healthy, better life.”