Children's Medical Research Institute Gerringong Jeans for Genes fundraiser success

Amateur engineers put their skills to the test at the Gerroa Boat Club on Saturday, August 2.

The Kiama Independent heard a rumour that the Ray White Real Estate win in the paper plane construction competition was controversial - but it was all for a good cause.

167 supporters of the Children's Medical Research Institute packed the club for a Jeans for Genes trivia night - and raised over $6500.

Comperes Glenn Isemonger and Dave Peade kept the questions coming at a fast pace, treasurer Sue Reid kept score and judges Kathy Cronin, Wendy Isemonger and Cathie Bax were decisive in their rulings.

The paper plane incident occurred when tables competed fiercely for the longest flight.

The winning table, organised by Roslyn Poole, won food and drink vouchers donated by Jack's Grill and Cronin's Hotel as well as beer and wine from the Gerroa Boat Fisherman's Club, Cronin's Liquor and the Mercure Gerringong.

Barbara Mathie of Foxground was the lucky winner of this year's
Jeans for Genes denim quilt. She was thrilled to win this quilt designed and
made by Kiama Quilters' Guild and donated to CMRI Gerringong Committee for
the raffle.

Barbara Mathie of Foxground was the lucky winner of this year's Jeans for Genes denim quilt. She was thrilled to win this quilt designed and made by Kiama Quilters' Guild and donated to CMRI Gerringong Committee for the raffle.

A denim quilt, designed, made and donated by members of the Kiama Quilters Guild, was won by Barb Mathie of Foxground who was delighted with her prize.

The CMRI Gerringong Committee thanked everyone who bought tickets in the quilt raffle, or bought a pen, badge, yo yo, ear phones or made a donation to our members at the IGA table.

"Many local businesses, service clubs, Kiama High School and Berry Public School supported the cause," they said.

"This was the 26th year of Jeans for Genes and the CMRI Gerringong Committee has participated every year.

"We are very proud of the generous community support we have enjoyed over all these years."

The committee also thanked Rhonda Bailey for organising orders, sales and collection of money each year.

There was a multi draw raffle at the trivia night with gift vouchers from a range of donors as prizes.

Roslyn Poole and Hans Berendsen of Gerringong, for the second year, donated a three-night stay at their Myola holiday house for up to eight people, won by Julia Henderson of Werri Beach.

Other prizes included dinner for 2 at the Mercure Gerringong, gift vouchers from The Sea Horse Brasserie, Gerringong Café & Deli, South Coast Hair, Siang, Oak Home, The Hill Bar & Kitchen, Bella Day Spa, dinner for two at the Novotel Wollongong, books, DVDs and an online training course donated by Maggie Dent.

All funds raised for the Jeans for Genes campaign and throughout the year ensure that the research at CMRI helps scientists to understand the genes responsible for disease.

Research enables the discovery of new treatments for childhood diseases, and in some cases prevention of disease. On in 20 children worldwide is born with a congenital abnormality or genetic disease.