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 campaign in Canada, raising over $100,000 annually. Since 2016, Laurier has been the top fundraising post-secondary school in Canada. In 2019, Laurier Shinerama raised $131,014.78 which brings our cumulative total to over three million dollars!

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!

Donate to Shinerama today!


Shinerama’s Gift of Giving Campaign

Have you started thinking about what you’re going to get your friends and family for the holidays? Here’s you chance to purchase a unique gift that supports people living with Cystic Fibrosis.

With every purchase, you will receive either a black or white chakra bracelet and a letter of impact letting you know exactly how the proceeds from your purchase will be used to support those living with CF.

We want to make this decision easy for you, so we’re shipping orders right to your house, free shipping!


A Chakra bracelet, also known as a Chakra Energy Healing Bracelet is usually made up of seven different colored beads. Its purpose and meaning is to help balance your seven energy centers. The chakras provide an attraction of energy that helps balance the bodies mental, spiritual, emotional and physical wellness.

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Waterloo Contacts

Jayden Robins
Shinerama Coordinator
Office: Waterloo
Brooke Abbott
AVP Programming Waterloo
519.884.0710 x 3436
Office: Waterloo

Brantford Contacts

Paige McWilliams
Shinerama Brantford Coordinator
Office: Brantford
Kristen Gilmore
VP Programming & Services (Brantford)
519.756.8228 x 5830
Office: Brantford