Double denim for a good cause at Somerville
Families and educators at Goodstart Somerville
have donned the denim to raise funds on Jeans for Genes
day, Friday 4 August.
The centre was awash with denim and in some cases, double denim, as families made donations that go towards the research, treatment and cures of genetic disorders.
The day included sack races and fun activities for children and was organised by the centre’s educational leader, Helen Bailey, who has a close personal connection to the cause.
“I’ve worked with children who’ve suffered with genetic diseases in the past and it really tugs at your heart,” Ms Bailey said.
“I’ve always done something myself to support the cause, even if it was just something small and personal, but I was thrilled we were able to do something a little bigger with the centre.”
The efforts of the centre raised over $300 and also provided an opportunity for the centre’s children to learn about others less fortunate.
“Activities like this are important for children from an inclusion point of view, to understand that there are certain diseases that other children may suffer from but they’re still normal children and want to be involved in the same opportunities as everyone else.
“We also use activities like these to help build their empathy and understanding of other people’s circumstances.
”It helps to grow their awareness of what other children think or feel which is a very valuable social-emotional skill.”