Turning denim into dollars for genes
ANY parent knows that clothing sizes don't mean much when it comes to a rapidly growing child.
So does three-year-old Harlan Pye, one of 40 kids from GoodStart Early Learning who visited The Coffee Club in Grafton yesterday to check out their contributions to a clothes line of decorated and donated jeans to raise money for Jeans for Genes Day.
"I put glitter on mine," Harlan said.
"I'll grow and grow and then I'll have bigger jeans."
His 'glittery' jeans meanwhile, will be brought out for display for a few weeks each year as part of The Coffee Club franchise's charity initiative.
The Coffee Club Grafton franchisee Michelle Worley said she hoped her idea would be the start of the nation's longest clothes line, and has called for locals to decorate an old pair of jeans and donate them, along with a gold coin donation.
All proceeds from the project will go directly to Jeans for Genes Day, the iconic fundraising campaign of Children's Medical Research Institute to support genetic research into childhood disease
"There are a lot of creative people here in Grafton and ultimately, I'd love every single person in the town to donate a pair of jeans in order to support this worthy cause," Mrs Worley said.
"With enough effort from the community I think we can make this a permanent fixture which will serve as an all-year-round celebration of our town's charitable spirit."
Mrs Worley will also donate $1 for every person who wears their jeans when they buy a coffee from the store today.