Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Jeans for Genes Day raises $1.5m


As Jeans for Genes prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018, Children’s Medical Research Institute would like to thank all the Australians who contributed to this year’s fundraising effort of $1.5m raised during the recent campaign in August.

CMRI Head of Fundraising Andrew Kelly said the money was for vital research into new treatments for cancer, genetic diseases, birth defects and neurological disease.
“We express our sincere gratitude to everybody – the tens of thousands of Australians that get involved purchasing merchandise and and all our loyal volunteers raising money on the day,’’ Mr Kelly said. “We simply couldn’t do it without you.’’
Jeans for Genes is now moving into an exciting few months preparing to mark its 25th anniversary in a big way in 2018. Some of the highlights planned include a retrospective exhibition of some of its most memorable jeans painted by celebrities over the years as well as many more surprises to come.
As part of the anniversary, Children’s Medical Research Institute is asking all Australians to support  Jeans for Genes – not just on the first Friday in August – but throughout the year.
“We’d like Australians everywhere to make Jeans for Genes their charity of choice in our 25th year,’’ Mr Kelly said. “We have raised over $60m in 25 years which has been used to fund research into the most intractable genetic conditions that afflict our children. We hope to make the 25th our biggest year yet.’’
Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is at the forefront of international research into cancer and leads the revolutionary ProCan® project. This not-for-profit institute is funded by competitive grants and a community of supporters who participate in events like Jeans for Genes Day.

For more information contact Children’s Medical Research Institute Communications & Media Manager Monique Cowper on or phone 8865 2803 or 0410 629 363.