by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
An on-campus movement geared towards raising funds for cystic fibrosis had their biggest day of the year over the weekend and is confident about this year’s contribution to the cause.
Shinerama has been raising funds on campus throughout the first few weeks of school and held their annual Shine Day Sept. 19 wherein student volunteers and Shinerama leaders spent the day across town at different locations collecting donations in stores, on the street and across the city as well as held a few car washes across the city including one near the University in the parking lot of Giglio’s Market on Wyandotte Street.
Jessica Tetreault, the University of Windsor’s Shinerama coordinator for the 2015-2016 campaign, said she got involved because she was originally involved to be in a leadership and fundraising roll but as soon as she got involved she learned more about cystic fibrosis and wanted to be more hands on in the process, volunteering her time.
“Shine Day is the biggest fundraiser in the whole campaign,” said Tetreault. “We had students across the city asking for donations, singing and dancing and making lots of noise about the cause.”
All the money raised is going towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada and will be used towards research and care.
“We’re working towards a cure control for cystic fibrosis,” said Tetreault. “It’s very important for the community as a whole to give back on days like today.”
Tetreault said there are a lot of people in Windsor and Essex County who are affected by cystic fibrosis and she said it was important to get the University involved because of the amount of people there and the ability to make a difference through the students, staff and faculty.
Windsor has the only 24-hour cystic fibrosis centre in Canada and Tetreault said a lot of the funds will be coming right back into the community.
Following the day’s fundraising, the volunteer team of around 120 students came back to the university’s campus for a barbeque, music and games to relax after their work done over the past weeks.
For more information on Shinerama at the University, visit their Facebook page UWindsor Shinerama.