Hey you! Look down; do your shoes need shining? If so, you’re in luck, for UNB’s annual Shine Day is swiftly approaching!
UNB is one of many schools across Canada that participates in the Shinerama fundraiser, an event that raises money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
“Shinerama is the largest post-secondary fundraiser. It goes across Canada and it is raising money for cystic fibrosis research and care,” said Hailey Rendell, UNB’s Shinerama chair.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, students at UNB will be hitting the streets of Fredericton to raise money for Shinerama. Beyond going door to door, they will provide car washes, a barbecue and, if people want it, shoe shining.
All students who want to participate are invited to gather in the SUB cafeteria at 8 a.m. on Sept. 6. Breakfast will be provided along with information about cystic fibrosis. Volunteers will then be divided into teams and sent out into the city.
Cystic fibrosis is a deadly genetic disease for which there is no cure.
“Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects mostly the lungs and the digestive system, but has an impact on the whole body,” said Rendell. “It causes a huge buildup of mucus in the lungs, and you cannot digest things properly.”
According to the official website of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, one in every 3,600 Canadian children is born with this disease and few of them live past early adulthood. The Shinerama campaign is trying to change this.
The fundraiser began in 1961 at Wilfred Laurier University, where a group of students wanted to create an event that would benefit their community.
“They decided why not go ahead and shine some shoes, so they started shining shoes. That’s how it started and that is where it got the name from,” said Devan Gunaseelan, UNB’s orientation chair and the national Shinerama coordinator.
Since its inception, the Shinerama campaign has raised over $25 million for cystic fibrosis research and care. Of this total, UNB has raised over $600,000 during the 41 years it has participated.
“The national goal for Shinerama across the country this year is $1.2 million, and UNB’s contribution this year, our goal, is set at $33,000,” said Gunaseelan.
According to Gunaseelan, UNB’s goal is up from last year.
“My goal that I set last year was $25,000 and I raised $27,805, so I went over it. Hailey has gone above and beyond that one,” said Gunaseelan. To reach this goal, Rendell is planning to have events such as trivia throughout the school year and is looking into starting an official Shinerama club or society.
Rendell has also added a fundraising barbecue on campus this year.
“Also on Shine Day this year we are having a barbecue here on campus. So any students who are maybe living in residence or near campus can come and they can purchase an item from the barbecue. [The money raised] is going towards our goal,” said Gunaseelan.
The event is not only for first-year students or students living on campus.
“Anyone can come because most students are back on Sept. 6, so if you are living in
residence or you are with TownHouse you can come out,” said Rendell. “Just come out
on Shine Day or when we have events.”