Picton High School one of top fundraisers for Jeans for Genes Day

Picton High School students have been ditching their school uniforms in favour of denim on Jeans for Genes Day for several years.

And their fundraising efforts have paid off – big time.

Picton has come in at number eight in a list of top 20 schools to have raised money for the cause in past three years.

Students have dug deep into their denim pockets to donate $5933.

Whether students wore just jeans or denim jackets – or went full on Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in double denim – Picton students have gotten into the spirit all for a good cause.

Each year students donate money that helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures for childhood cancer, epilepsy, birth defects and genetic diseases.

On the 25th anniversary of Jeans for Genes Day, Picton’s student representative council coordinator Emma Lewis is challenging other schools to try and beat their fundraising effort.

“Picton High School has had a long history supporting the Jeans for Genes Day cause, going back to the 90s,” she said.

“I am an ex-student at Picton and I remember doing it when I went to school.

“We are a community-minded school and like helping a cause that helps future generations.

“Our school representatives love that the school gets involved in this initiative and therefore continue to support it every year.

“The cause is also well supported by the staff who also dress up.”

Student representative council members Renee Rice, year 9, Keely Mewett, year 11, and Jade Bell, year 9 have already started to plan for the day, which will be held on Friday, August 3.

“Usually we ask students to donate a gold coin and wear jeans to school,” Jade said.

“We sell the merchandise whether that is pens, key rings or badges,” Keely said.

“This year we hope to get more students involved and raise more money by hosting a barbecue or picnic,” Renee said.

Ms Lewis said the Jeans for Genes day was the biggest fundraiser at the school.

Jade said she enjoyed raising money for a good cause and Keely and Renee said they liked how their peers got involved and helped out.

“To us it is only $1 but all the one dollars put together and it could have change people’s lives,” Jade said.

Registrations have just opened for schools to take part in the event.

For more information or to register your school to support the cause visit jeansforgenes.org.au

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