Laurier Shines for Cystic Fibrosis

Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser and started at Laurier in 1961! Founded by Paul Enns, the fundraiser served as a way for students to give back to the community. Back then, students shined shoes with all proceeds going to charity. 1964 started the trend of giving the money to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, with ties strengthening year after year.

Students shining shoes
Waterloo Lutheran University, 1967

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (“CF”) is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It is the most common fatal genetic disease in Canada – currently, there is no cure. Approximately 1 in 25 Canadians carry the defective copy of the CF gene. A child is born with CF when the gene is carried down from two parents who carry it, who unknowingly carry one of 2000 different genetic mutations of the gene. This means a child with parents who are carriers have a 25% chance of being born with CF and a 50% chance he or she will be a carrier. It is estimated that 1 in 3,600 children born in Canada has Cystic Fibrosis, with more than 4,100 Canadian children, adolescents and adults living with the disease and attending specialized clinics.


The long-standing tradition of Shinerama during Orientation Week helped us be the number one fundraiser in Canada last year – can we make it two years in a row? This year we will be running a few exciting fundraisers in Waterloo and Brantford:

Waterloo will hosted a dodgeball tournament in July and has a softball tournament in August. During #LAURIEROWEEK17 you’ll see Shine volunteers running barbecues to help raise funds. Brantford will have t-shirt buyouts and merchandise sales during Orientation Week. On both campuses, Shine volunteers recruits all students to participate in online fundraising campaigns to raise money and awareness of our cause (and it makes for some friendly competition between the colour teams!).

This all leads up to the biggest Shinerama event of the year: SHINE DAY! On Saturday, September 9th, all incoming students and O-Week volunteers will go into the Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford communities to raise money for Shinerama with car washes and collecting loose change. We can think of no better way to end Orientation Week than Shine Day (takes place rain or shine!).

We look forward to meeting the class of 2021 at O-Week and through our campaigns. The passion of our first year students and volunteers will always drive us in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis!

For updates on Shine events and news, follow Laurier Shinerama (Waterloo) or Shinerama – Laurier Brantford on Facbeook!

Written By: Hannah Cinel, Shinerama Coordinator (Waterloo) and Natalie Rigato, Shinerama Executive/top Shiners nominee, Shinerama Natinonal Leadership Team (Brantford).