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RESEARCHING FOR A CURE

It was reported 29/07/2001 that jeans belonging to Nikki Webster, star of the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, have fetched more than $22,000 in an auction to raise money for research into children's genetic diseases.

International stars including Dustin Hoffman, Helen Hunt
and Barbara Streisand all donated jeans, which were then
painted by artists, for the annual auction to launch Jeans
for Genes Day - next Friday, August 3.

But it was Nikki Webster's jeans which fetched the highest
price.

Painted by local Australian artist David Boyd, they were by far the most popular item of the night and helped take the total amount raised to $230,000.

Dustin Hoffman's jeans, painted by Paul Newton, were the
second most popular, fetching $15,600 in the auction held
at the Regent Hotel in Sydney on Saturday night.

The money raised at the annual auction goes to the
Children's Medical Research Institute, in Sydney's west, to
help find the causes of genetic diseases that affect one in
twenty children.

The Westmead-based institute researches the causes of
illnesses like spina bifida, cerebral palsy and leukemia.
Every year the first Friday of August is Jeans for Genes Day.

This year is the eighth national Jeans for Genes Day.

People around the Australia are asked to don their jeans
and buy a badge or make a donation on Friday.

Over the last seven years Australians have donated more
than $15 million to the cause, and last year alone $3.5
million was raised.

Organisers hope to improve on that figure this year and
raise $4 million.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS QUEENSLAND

Of Epilepsy the World Health Organisation has stated that "it is doubtful if any medical condition has been so universally neglected, due to a combination of social stigma, low profile and lack of resources."

DIABETES

With your help, we are moving research from the laboratory bench to the patientís bedside, translating scientific advances into longer, healthier lives for those with diabetes. With your help, we are moving closer to our goal...a cure for diabetes and its complications.Mary Tyler Moore, International Chairman Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

With your help, we are moving research from the laboratory bench to the patientís bedside, translating scientific advances into longer, healthier lives for those with diabetes. With your help, we are moving closer to our goal...a cure for diabetes and its complications.

Mary Tyler Moore, International Chairman
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

AMERICAN RED CROSS

THE FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION

In the 1980's the late Fred Hollows helped adapt a simple 20 minute oeration to restore the gift of sight to the cataract blind.

Since then over 100,000 people have been helped in more than 19 developing countries on 3 continents,training over 375 eye surgeons in the process.

If you would like to help THE FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION continue it's work contact the foundation at

For 2 decades Devonport Cyclist,Graeme Milburn has ridden around Tasmania each March to raise money for the Cancer Council of Tasmania.

He dedicated the 1997 ride to his brother Reg who died of leukaemia six weeks earlier.

GRAEME MILBURN CYCLE RIDE FOR CANCER

The Menzies Research Institute

17 Liverpool Street, Hobart 7000
GPO Box 252-23, Hobart 7001
Phone Australia +3 6226 7700
Fax Australia +3 6226 7704

Established in 1988 as the Menzies Centre for Population Health Research, the Menzies Research
Institute is part of the University of Tasmania, directed by Professor Terry Dwyer and a Board of
Directors.

The Institute's mission is to conduct leading edge research
into the environmental and genetic causes of disease by
building on Tasmania's unique population resources.

The Menzies Research Institute

EMAIL CLIFFORD CRAIG

CARDIAC ARREST SUPPORT GROUP