Shinerama and the RRCSA team up to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and care
Nick Hook remembers his most emotional experience with cystic fibrosis.
It was at a Shinerama regional conference that the Red River College business administration student attended this past summer, when a 12-year-old girl took to the stage to talk about her struggle with the disease, and broke down in tears.
“She looked at her parents who were there with her and apologized to them for being such a burden,” said Hook. “I couldn’t imagine how it would be like to live with it. It’s stuff like that that makes you want to help.”
The experience inspired Hook to organize a Shinerama intramural event at RRC to help raise money for finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, a disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of those that are born with it.
Shinerama, which began in 1964, is Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser. Traditionally, students would shine shoes or wash cars, but the fundraising events have evolved over the years to include various fundraising activities. In 2010, Shinerama raised over $1 million to go towards cystic fibrosis research and care.
While RRC students raised almost $1,000 last year, Hook hopes to eclipse that total and raise over $3,000 towards cystic fibrosis research and care. Towards that end, Shinerama and theRRC Students’ Association (RRCSA) are teaming up for ultimate Frisbee intramurals on September 20 and 21, at the Notre Dame Campus – all in support of cystic fibrosis
It is the first time that the RRCSA and Shinerama team up to raise funds. RRCSA President Alex Haas said, “In the past, we haven’t really done much to help fundraise. But the money is going towards a good cause, so it makes sense to help.”
Individuals playing in the intramurals will be required to pay a $ 5fee to participate.
Volunteers are needed for this event, and Hook noted that this is one of the biggest hurdle to overcome.
“We’re looking for people to help out for a few hours to ask for donations,” said Hook. “Even an hour is beneficial.”
To register for Shinerama at RRC, students are asked to go to the RRCSA offices at the Notre Dame Campus or the Exchange District campuses to sign-up to volunteer.
If students are unable to volunteer, Hook suggests they make a donation on Shine Day, on September 23. Individuals are asked to text the word SHINE to 45678 to make a $5 donation that will be counted towards the total fundraising amount.