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11 October, 2020

An effort that doesn't go unnoticed

Year after year local women Jenny Johnston outdoes herself raising funds for Jeans for Genes Day and this year was no exception.

By Telden Nelson

Jenny Johnston with Karla Wild of the Children's Medical Research Centre during a visit in 2018.

Local woman Jenny Johnston has received warm thanks for her efforts in fundraising this year. The Children’s Medical Research Centre (CMRC) sent a letter of appreciation to Mrs Johnston for her huge effort for Jeans for Genes Day this year. Mrs Johnston raised her best total yet, eclipsing the $10,000 mark.

In the letter of thanks CMRC’s director of fundraising Robert Wynn spoke of his and institute’s gratitude for the work done by Mrs Johnston.

“I really want you to know how grateful we are for your tireless efforts year after year and the community that supports your work, even when faced with the challenges of restrictions due to COVID,” Mr Wynn wrote.

“What an absolutely amazing fundraising effort from the Gilgandra community.” Support services manager at the CMRC Karla Wild said that given the current disturbances to fundraising activities with COVID that this total had was hard to quantify.

“I can’t actually put into words how much it has meant to us,” said Mrs Wild.

“We did expect that fundraising was going to be a hard ask this year, especially in certain areas. Mrs Johnston has always tried to better the last year’s sales and she’s succeeded in that.

“This year I estimated if she got half of what she would normally that would be fantastic because of the situation. When she told me how she’d raised I couldn’t believe it.”

Mrs Wild said she was continually impressed by the support given to Mrs Johnston by the Gilgandra community on Jeans for Genes Day, particularly this year.

“It just feels to me like the Gilgandra community pushes above all. When you’ve had the drought, the Target closed down and with COVID, to beat those odds and raise that kind of money is just incredible.

“Mrs Johnston plays a major part of it all, but if there weren’t the locals supporting her, the schools and businesses, it would be a lot harder for her.”

Mrs Johnston with the honour wall at the Children's Medical Research Centre.

In 2018 Mrs Johnston went down to Sydney for the unveiling of the honour wall at the CMRC offices. Also, at the offices is the fundraising leader board, in which Gilgandra sits in the top five. 

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