Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel found themselves surrounded by a different sea of blue last week when they took part in the national Jeans for Genes Day to raise funds for research into childhood disease.
Able Seaman Jade Lancaster organised personnel from HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters (FHQ) to support the worthy cause on Friday 2 August.
“Jeans for Genes Day is an extremely important charity to me as I believe every child deserves the right to start life with full potential,” the Communications and Information's Systems Sailor (CIS) said.
“Two dollars from our salary is a small sacrifice but with the RAN being such a large organisation, participation from FHQ makes a big difference towards fund raising.”
Jade joined the Navy in November 2009 and has since served on HMA Ships Diamantina, Huon, Stuart and Anzac where last year she deployed for six months to the Middle East as a part of Operation SLIPPER.
“I am only 23 years of age but would love to one day have children of my own,” the Gold Coaster said.
“By supporting this charity, it gives me peace of mind knowing I have done something to improve the chances of not only my children to come but the children of many other families.
Leading Seaman Crystal Gordon from FHQ also got behind the cause by selling merchandise in the lead up to the event.
“As a premature baby myself 25 years ago, I completely agree with what Jeans for Genes are supporting because my own family had to go through that heartache hoping that I would survive,” LS Gordon said.
“If I was to have a child with a gene issue, cancer or born prematurely I would want the best support for my child, and Jeans for Genes Day works to give that support to the families and children involved.
“This charity is close to my heart, because our children are our future so we need to do what we can to give them the best possible start in life.”
Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people wear their jeans to raise much-needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders.
Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
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