Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Virtual Gala Success Story

When the Jeans for Genes Gala Ball could not be held in June, we looked to our scientists who are constantly innovating and decided to do just that – by turning it into our first Virtual Gala!

This meant that all the fun of the Gala could be experienced at home by all our supporters.

The night was hosted by ABC Radio Presenter James Valentine, included live bands, an auction and interview with Professor Phil Robinson about his COVID-19 research. There was also a live cross to one of the faces of Jeans for Genes, Ben, who has been in isolation with his family for three months to protect his immune system.

CMRI Director Professor Roger Reddel thanked everyone for their support – on behalf of the kids.

“We also know that the pandemic will pass and when it does there will still be children facing cancer and serious inherited diseases, through no fault of their own, these children have to deal with problems that are more scary and difficult than the pandemic is to most of us.

“We gratefully appreciate your support, on behalf of the children our research helps, thank you.’’

More than $85,000 was raised and we are grateful to our sponsors Linden Electric, Mortgage Choice, Digital Realty, Forum Group and Empire Project Management.

We’d also like to acknowledge the team at Encore Event Technologies who made it possible to take it into everyone’s lounge rooms!