It wasn’t your average Jeans for Genes Day at St Therese’s Primary School, New Lambton, on Friday.
One of the campaign’s national ambassadors, Mollyjane*, just so happens to be a student at the school.
Jeans for Genes Day is marked annually, with people from all walks encouraged to don denim in a bid to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
Newcastle Weekly’s cover girl for its latest edition was given a starring role as she helped collect donations from her peers.
Mollyjane has a rare genetic disorder and relies on advances in medical research to ensure she continues to live a long and healthy life.
When asked how she felt to collect donations from her peers, Mollyjane was beaming with pride.
“I felt really confident in myself helping to raise money to save children’s lives,” she said.
“It’s so important to raise money and awareness on Jeans for Genes Day because lots of children have genetic diseases that really need to be cured.
“By making donations, we’re helping the doctors to find a cure.”
Right by her side was Mollyjane’s self-described ‘best friend forever,’ Audrey Barwick.
“Donating made me feel happy because we’re raising money that will help Mollyjane and other kids like her,” Audrey said.
“I feel very proud of Mollyjane; she’s a very strong girl, she never gives up, and is the bestest friend I could ever wish for.”
The school community raised $805 for the cause.
*Surname withheld for privacy reasons.