Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser, originating at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1961. Each year students continue to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, Canada’s most common fatal genetic disease. The Shinerama committee hosts fundraising events throughout the year, but the largest event is at the end of Laurier Orientation Week – Shine Day. All incoming students and volunteers go into the Kitchener-Waterloo community and raise money.
Laurier consistently has the largest per capita campaign in Canada, raising over $100,000 annually. In 2016, Laurier was the top fundraising post-secondary school in Canada, raising over $120,000.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease in Canada. It is estimated that 1 in every 1,600 children is born with CF, and there are approximately 4,000 Canadians living with CF today. The disease mainly affects the digestive and respiratory systems, causing a build-up of thick, sticky mucous in the lungs. There are over 2,000 mutations of the CF gene, with side effects and complications vary greatly from patient to patient.
In 1961, the average life expectancy of a person with CF was just four years; today, thanks to continued research, development and fundraising, persons with CF live well over 50 years. However, the battle is far from over – there is currently no cure for CF. Scientists have made some discoveries in recent years and will continue to research. With your support, we will better the lives of those with CF!