Mount A students prepare to hit the streets to participate in last year’s annual Shinerama fundraiser. This year’s event is set for this Saturday.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Nearly 700 Mount Allison students are set to invade the Sackville, Amherst, Shediac and Greater Moncton areas this Saturday as they do their part for a great cause by participating in the annual nationwide Shinerama fundraiser.
Saturday is Shine Day, when student shiners set up in front of various businesses and other public areas to shine shoes, paint faces, play instruments, sing, squeegee windows, wash cars and more, all as part of their efforts to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Shine Day is the culmination of a summer-long line-up of fundraising activities that have been organized by a student-led Shinerama committee, with the campaign goal this year set at $50,000.
Shinerama is the largest post-secondary fundraiser in all of Canada, with over 65 universities and colleges involved in raising money towards research for cystic fibrosis. Since the campaign began more than 40 years ago, Shinerama students have raised more than $22 million to support the fight against CF.
Cystic fibrosis, which strikes one in every 3,600 children born in Canada, is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians, primarily through their lungs and digestive systems.