girls polo Shoes take back seat at Shinerama
During this year annual Shinerama fundraising event, part of Queen University Orientation Week, first year students will be fanning out across the city to wash cars, clean up yards and hold other fun activities.
They might even shine the odd shoe or two.
Shinerama, which has raised money for cystic fibrosis since 1964, started out as a shoe shining event where people would donate money to have the frosh shine their shoes on the street.
But the ever increasing number of sandals and running shoes this time of year meant the shine part became less and less a part of the day.
found it has grown away from that, explained Siobhan Bradley, a fourth year student at Queen who is the chair of the community awareness respect and engagement committee, one of five such committees running the week.
shoes is nice to have as a part of it, but we like to do a whole bunch of outreach activities. It is connecting the students with the community as well as the community with Shinerama. now the actual Shine Day, Saturday, Sept. 12, is more about a variety of activities designed to let the frosh have fun, raise a lot of money for a good cause and get acquainted with their new community.
Bradley explained Shine Day is the main event of the overall charity called Shinerama. It is currently operating in 60 post secondary schools across Canada, raising money for cystic fibrosis research.
Approximately 2,400 arts and science frosh will be involved this year in Kingston. The main locations are at Victoria Park,
Confederation Park and the Queen parking lot at Clergy and Barrie streets.
The parking lot will host a car wash, a bouncy castle, food truck, disc jockey and a community cleanup where frosh will go out to local homes to do some light tidying in yards.
Confederation Park will be the main site for children and families. There will be carnival games, a bouncy castle, bean bag toss, popcorn, arts and crafts, a clothing drive, a bottle drive and live music provided by eight different groups.
The money for cystic fibrosis will be raised through suggested donations to take part in the various activities.
try to do things that will let people have fun or benefit them through clothing drives or bottle drives, Bradley said.
There will also be booths set up to provide information about cystic fibrosis.
definitely do want to really focus on the awareness part as well. We want to reach out to the community and have students know what they are talking about when they are talking about Shinerama and Cystic Fibrosis Canada and when they are talking about the actual disease. We really want people to know what we are raising money for. first became involved in the cause when she took part in Shine Day during her own Orientation Week in her first year at Queen She got more involved in some of the events during her second year and co ordinated a few of them during her third year.
She has been to several Shinerama conferences where she learned more about the charity as well as how the disease affects people.
have no personal connection, but I have had a wonderful opportunity to meet a lot of people that have been affected by the disease, Bradley said. has been really amazing to see how they cope with it and how different their lives are. said the charity has played a major role in helping people with CF.
every year that Shinerama has been around, 10 months has been added to the life expectancy for individuals with CF. goal from this year Shinerama is $80,000.
As important as the money is, the connection the new students will make with the city residents is also a major part of the day and will help start off their stay in Kingston a great foundation,