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Shinerama sets new goals

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | August 25th, 2008



Every year, thousands of students and volunteers from all across Canada help to fight a fatal disease that is claiming lives of innocent people.

Since 1964 Shinerama has inspired thousands of individual volunteers to come out and help raise money for the most common fatal disease to date.

Created by parents of children who would most likely never see their first day of kindergarten, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) has endured an endless battle of triumph and hope for those suffering from this terrible disease.

This year Fanshawe's goal will be to surpass last year's total of over $6,000 and aim at a total of $10,000 and that is sure to make this year more successful than ever before.

Thursday, September 4: The Out Back Shack will be running their annual kick off to help treat Cystic Fibrosis Shinerama Pub night. Tickets will be available at the Biz Booth for $3.00 for those who purchase tickets in advance and $4.00 at the door.

Friday, September 5: Start the day off with a pancake breakfast in Forwell Hall. $2 will buy you two pancakes and two sausages available from 8:30 — 10:30 am.

The day is sure to be filled with lots of activities going on around the London campus.

Saturday, September 6: The final day of Shinerama will be hitting the streets of London to help raise awareness about CF. Students and volunteers from both Fanshawe College and Western University will be present to participate in car washes, shining of shoes and basically anything that will help raise money for CF.

The goal of the organization is to help people live better and healthier lives. When the organization was first established 44 years ago, children born with the fatal disease did not have much chance for surpassing the age of five. With today's advances and fundraising, people with CF have a higher life expectancy and a better chance at a more normal life. Unfortunately, disease is incurable, but organizations such Shinerama are working effortlessly to put an end to such a horrific genetic abnormality that claims even the innocent lives of children.

Cystic Fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that back 40 years ago did not allow for parents to watch their children start school. This fatal genetic disorder affects the body's respiratory system and affects the chronic digestive system.

Mucus in a person's body can be referred to as a slippery substance that is there to lubricate and protect the linings of the airways, and other major organs. A person with CF does not have the same substance but rather their mucus is thick and sticky and prevents for a clear flow through airways.

Most men with CF cannot father children (infertile) because the tubes that carry sperm are blocked by mucus and do not develop properly in order to function. Although less common, women may also experience infertility if they carry the gene.

For more information about donating for this great cause or simply to find out just how you can volunteer, feel free to email the following people / websites:

Facebook: Fanshawe Shinerama Campaign 2008
On the web: www.fsu.ca
Or simply e-mail: M_birks@fanshaweonline.ca or R_mackenzie2450@fanshaweonline.ca
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