Students and school curriculum change, but traditions remain, as hundreds of University of Ottawa students took to downtown streets yesterday to raise money for Shinerama.
Enthusiastic students crowded street corners, offering, in some cases, stunts and activities in exchange for donations in support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Pedestrians had the opportunities to throw pies at students, duct-tape undergrads to utility poles, and, in the cases of Elizabeth Craxford, Leslie Brown, Emily Medd and Caroline O’Keefe, enjoy a dance performance.
“It’s important to raise awareness and money for a disease that affects young people,” said O’Keefe.
“It’s good to reach out to the greater community,” added Brown.
Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser, Shinerama has participants at 65 university and college campuses across Canada, including Carleton University. Last fall, the Carleton University Students Association controversially pulled out of the annual fundraiser, stating that they wanted fundraising efforts to serve a more diverse community. The decision was later reversed.
Students have raised more than $19.5 million to support the fight against cystic fibrosis since the campaign began as a shoeshine event in 1964.