Crazy capers for a cause close to home

IT WAS a case of ditch the uniforms and get a little bit crazy at St John's Co-educational Junior School in Armidale yesterday.

Students and staff came dressed in their craziest clothes and costumes to raise money for one of their favourite charities, Multiple Sclerosis Australia.

Cows and cowboys mixed with rock stars and fairies, everyone giving a gold-coin donation.

Acting head of St John's, Dimity Fenwicke, said it was a cause close to the school community's heart and the first of several fundraisers throughout the year.

A St John's parent has been diagnosed with the disease, so apart from the fun there was a serious side as students learned more about the condition and why a cure is so important to so many.

"Despite all the research ... we still don't know why some people are susceptible to MS and others are not," Mrs Fenwicke said.

"We do know, however, that an estimated 23,000 Australians have MS."

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