Shinerama is Canada’s largest Post Secondary Fundraiser! Universities and colleges from all over Canada work together to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects children. One in every 25 Canadians carries the CF gene, meaning one in every 3600 Canadian children are born with CF. This disease, which affects the lungs, digestive system, and other organs, claims the lives of more children than any other inherited disease in Canada. When Shinerama was first founded in 1964, the average child with CF died by the time they were four years old. Today, thanks to endless support of hundreds of communities across Canada, Canadians with CF live well into their 30’s and beyond. CF is still a fatal disease, so we will continue to SHINE until a cure is found.
On the first Saturday of the fall semester, over 700 Mount Allison students fundraise the greater Moncton Area, Amherst, Shediac and Sackville to SHINE as part of a nationwide Shinerama fundraiser. On this “Shine Day,” student shiners set up at various businesses and public areas shining shoes, painting faces, playing instruments, singing, squeegeeing windows, and washing cars in order to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Shinerama is a vital part of the MASU’s Orientation week: it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make lifelong friendships.