Things are going to be a little more shiny on Wednesday as hundreds of student volunteers invade uptown in the name of cystic fibrosis research.
“It’s a fun, energetic day and really gives our students the opportunity to be part of a nation wide movement that is about finding a cure for a the most common genetic fatal disease among Canadian youth.” says Michael Simmie, this year’s shine-coordinator, who anticipates between 150 and 200 students fundraising in the core.
“It’s an opportunity for students to continue meeting new people while … raising money for a good cause.” says Simmie who hopes to raise $2500 during UNB Saint John’s 47th year participating in the one day campaign.
In addition to fundraising uptown Simmie has volunteers running a by-donation carwash in the parking lot at Saint Luke’s Anglican in the north end.
While Simmie can’t reveal any plans for future events this year, he says “…we had a very successful Canada day event on the boardwalk…We had a BBQ and a bull ride and sold 50/50” as well as a successful day at the kingston market. The total amount of this summer’s fundraising efforts have not yet been released by market square, but all the money will be going to support research and awareness campaigns for the yet incurable disease”.
Shinerama takes over the uptown area on Wednesday September 9th between 11am and 4:30pm, with the kick-off event being held on stage at market square and ends with prizes for the teams that raise the most money. Make sure to keep an eye out and, perhaps, bring an extra pair of lack-lustre shoes for a fresh shine.
For more information on Shine Day, Shinerama, or cystic fibrosis research visit www.shinesj.com and www.cysticfibrosis.ca