Letter of the Week: A shining efffort from volunteers at
On behalf of the members of the London Chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks for Fanshawe and Western Students for participating in Shinerama 2005. It was quite heartwarming to see all the volunteer shiners in the London community, shining shoes, singing, dancing, washing cars and flipping burgers to raise money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Shinerama, which began in 1964 as a shoe shine campaign at a handful of schools, has become Canada's largest post-secondary fundraiser involving 35,000 students from over 57 campuses from coast to coast. Fanshawe students rose over $14,000 and Western students over $100,000. I am extremely pleased to report that this year's students rose over $850,000, an incredible achievement!
Cystic Fibrosis which affects the lungs and the digestive system is the most common, fatal, genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. In Canada, over 3,500 children and young adults have cystic fibrosis, and more than a million Canadians carry the gene responsible. Although currently there is no cure for cystic fibrosis, thanks in part to events like Shinerama, there is real hope!
When Shinerama began four decades ago, children with cystic fibrosis, often did not live long enough to reach kindergarten; today, half of all Canadians with cystic fibrosis can expect to live to age 37, or even beyond. So, to anyone who took part in or supported Shinerama 2005 and to all the students; thank you! We are very grateful to you.
For more information on the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, cystic fibrosis or Shinerama, please visit our website at www.cysticfibrosis.ca
We are ever hopeful that there will soon be a cure for cystic fibrosis, but until then, the fight continues!!
London Chapter Cystic Fibrosis Administrator