What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. CF is a multi-organ disease, primarily affecting the lungs and digestive system. A build-up of thick mucus in the lungs causes severe breathing problems. It may be difficult to clear bacteria from the lungs, leading to cycles of infection and inflammation, which damage the delicate lung tissues.
Thick mucus also blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food. People with CF must consume a large amount of artificial enzymes (average 20 pills a day) with every meal and snack, to help digest and absorb adequate nutrition from food. (Cystic Fibrosis Canada)
What is Shinerama?
Students fighting cystic fibrosis. Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser held at over 60 university and college campuses across the nation. Fundraisers from shining shoes to car washes, from bake sales to pub crawls. Anything we can do to raise money and awareness for CF.
What does University College (UC) do?
Shinerama is traditionally held at the end of Frosh week where we send out teams of frosh and their leaders to different corners of the streets of Toronto to raise money. We don’t tell them how to do it, but to be creative. I’ve seen stuff from singing, dancing, photo ops and balloon animals. Even a deal struck up with a hot dog vendor who donated a dollar for every one sold. This year, be prepared for fresh events we’ll be holding prior to our traditional Shine day.
When is Shine day at UC?
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Who is the amazing Olivia really?
I thought you’d never ask. I’m part of the 2011 Orientation Exec team and was assigned the task of organizing Shinerama along with 2 other students, Steven and Megan. I was lucky enough to be sent as UC’s representative to the National Shinerama Conference in London where I had the opportunity to learn anything Shinerama related and meet an amazing group of people. In addition, I sit on my college’s student council (UCLit) as the Athletics Commissioner and play for the Toronto Varsity Blues Lacrosse team. I’m going into my third year at U of T, studying Human Geography as my major with a double minor in Environment and French (Oui, je parle francais … un peu). I enjoy blogging and sharing my stories so thought this would be a great idea to pair with our campaign. I could continue rambling but you get the idea.