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It’s Shinetember!

During the month of September, nearly 35,000 student volunteers from more than 50 schools across the country will work together to raise funds for critical cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care. Shinerama began in 1964, with Wilfred Laurier University being the first school to participate. First-year students got involved and raised money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada by shining shoes and holding other fundraisers in their community.

What is Shinerama?

Shinerama is a Canada-wide charitable event where students fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Students do whatever they can to raise money, from collecting change in local spots in the community, car washes, BBQs and of course, shining shoes. But Shinerama is more than a fundraiser for CF; it presents several great opportunities for students:

  • It enables students to engage with others in a campus setting such as their peers, faculty and administration
  • It’s an ideal leadership development opportunity in several areas such as fundraising, volunteer recruitment, event planning, public speaking, and finance
  • Shinerama is an inclusive, community-centric concept, ideal for Orientation Week programming to help familiarize new students with their school and city

Shinerama Quick Facts:

  • Shinerama has raised more than $26 million for cystic fibrosis research and care
  • The biggest ‘thing’ ever shined is a Canadian Battleship. Students from Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University polished the HMCS Charlottetown from stem to stern to kick-off Shinerama 2003.
  • The most famous shoes to be shined belonged to Former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau; the most famous skates belonged to hockey superstar Bobby Orr.

To learn more about why students ‘Shine’ check out this video.

For a complete list of participating schools, their respective ‘Shine Days’ and details on how to get involved, visit and #ShineForCF!