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It’s time to Shine

What makes you shine?

Every morning, when you walk outside to begin your commute, it can be easy to
take that first breath of fresh air for granted. After all, you’re busy; you have places to be, things to do, people to see. But for some, that first breath isn’t something to be taken lightly. The amount of days that the sun will shine down first thing in the morning, are numbered.

So, what is it that makes you shine?

It is that very question that Shinerama is essentially all about. It’s an opportunity for you to spread light into people’s lives and to help shed light on a genetic disease, that is (for now) without a cure.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a fatal, inherited disorder affecting children and young adults all across the country. CF has various effects on the body, mainly affecting
the lungs and digestive system. Essentially, mucus clogs the small bronchial tubes in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The severity of CF varies from person to person but most living with the disorder often succumb to the ongoing infection in their lungs at a young age. According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, “it is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF.”

Shinerama is intended to combat the disease. In support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada,
Shinerama is the largest post-secondary fundraiser across the country, with over
35,000 student volunteers from 50 separate Canadian colleges and universities participating annually.

NAIT students have been participating in the yearly Shinerama fundraiser since
1968. Shinerama activities can include everything from car washes to shoe shining
throughout Edmonton.

This year, Shine Day will be taking place on Saturday Sept. 23 from 8 a.m.until
5 p.m. NAITSA is looking for 20 leaders that can recruit nine friends to join Shine Day. All team leaders will receive recognition from Cystic Fibrosis Canada in
Edmonton and NAITSA for their leadership during the fundraiser. As a leader, you
will oversee your team to sign up waivers, make sure your team follows the day’s
schedule, control the funds collected, and most importantly keep your team motivated! NAITSA will recognize the top teams for both online fundraising and cash
fundraising.

To register, attend the Shine Leaders meeting on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m., in the CAT
Glass Box located on the second floor. This meeting is for Shine Leaders to get to know how the dynamics of Shine Day will work, what their responsibilities will be, as well as locations for the day of.

Get ready to shine! Visit: https://naitsa.ca/shinerama for more information.

– Alan Holmes

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