Queen's University

Queen's students 'shine' for cystic fibrosis

 
2009-09-10

First-year Arts and Sciences students at Queen’s University are participating in a day-long event to help fight cystic fibrosis. The Shine Day fair at Confederation Park starts at noon on Saturday, September 12, following car washes and shoe shines at locations across Kingston during the morning.

Kingston’s Town Crier Chris Whyman will share City Council’s proclamation about the day, and there will be live music, cotton candy, face painting and carnival games.

“We encourage members of the Kingston community to attend Shine Day,” says Monica Taylor, chair of Community Awareness, Respect and Engagement (CARE) with the Arts and Science Undergraduate Students (ASUS) Orientation Committee. “Proceeds go to the fight against cystic fibrosis – a disease that makes every breath a struggle. Shine Day is also our way of thanking Kingston for being such great hosts to all students.”

This is the second year the ASUS Orientation Committee at Queen’s has hosted Shine Day at Confederation Park. Last year they raised over $62,000 for Shinerama and expect to raise $65,000 this year – an important part of the $1 million raised nation-wide to fight CF by students at almost 65 participating universities and college campuses. CF is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians.

"I participated in Shinerama as a frosh 33 years ago," said Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf. "Shine Day is a wonderful example of how students and the community can come together for fun and for a good cause."

Festivities start at noon on Saturday, September 12 at Confederation Park across from City Hall in downtown Kingston.

For more information, contact Monica Taylor, Community Awareness, Respect and Engagement Chair, ASUS Orientation Committee 2009, asus_occare@ams.queensu.ca, 613-533-6873 (office).
 

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