Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


First year for CMRI at the Royal Easter Show

This year, for the first time, Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) will have a stand at the Sydney Royal Easter Show to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Jeans for Genes and to raise awareness about the vital research into childhood genetic disease.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest ticketed event, attracting more than 850,000 people each year over two weeks. With this kind of audience, CMRI decided that this was the perfect place to increase awareness about what we do, to raise more funds for research and to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Children will be encouraged to “Be a Scientist for a Day’’ by donning the prestigious CMRI lab coat and taking a seat in one of our replica labs to undertake research. They will get to test their skill and precision using pipettes and water to imitate a real lab scenario for our scientists.

Other activities will include learning and colouring the structure of a DNA molecule and witnessing live experiments from CMRI researchers. Parents will be able to ask questions of our researchers while their children are entertained, and kids will receive a special CMRI certificate to take home.

Unique “Be a Scientist for Day’’ showbags will be on sale with the necessary tools for budding little scientists to continue experimenting back home (so much better than a showbag crammed with chocolate!). Showgoers will also be able to enter our Easter Show Competition to win some terrific prizes.

“The Easter Show is an ideal chance for Children’s Medical Research Institute to demonstrate to our local community the ways their donations support our work into children’s health,'' Head of Fundraising Andrew Kelly said. "All parents know their child’s health is of paramount importance and enables the simple joys of childhood, like a visit to the Easter Show. As the first paediatric research facility in Australia, our focus for 60 years has been the health of all of our children. We look forward to welcoming you and your children to the “replica laboratory” on the CMRI stand, and thanking you for all your support.”

We will have CMRI researchers and other staff working at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, but we are in dire need of extra volunteers. If you or someone you know can spare a few hours to sell showbags, hand out certificates, and spread the word about CMRI – we would love to have you on board.

The CMRI team will be in the Lifestyle Pavilion, at stand XHM066, from Friday, 23rd March 23 until Tuesday, 3rd April. Please register to volunteer by emailing

When you come to the show, please drop by and say hello!