It’s Orientation Week in the 1960s. You’re a student leader and looking for a way to have fun and help others. So you take a pair of someone’s scruffy shoes, clean them up and ask for a donation. Dozens of shoe shines later, you and your friends have raised $1,300.
It’s that simple – and it’s been working for 49 years. An event called Shinerama – now Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser has raised more than $23.5 million for cystic fibrosis research.
Become a shiner today. Do the traditional thing – shine shoes, wash cars, sell raffle tickets. Make noise, polish a war ship, buff a pair of skates or a bald head (get permission first). The possibilities are endless – no fundraising idea is too big, too small, or too outrageous (as long as everyone is safe). So come up with a fundraising idea, grab a bunch of friends, call your school to get Shinerama on campus and get supplies.
Come up with a fundraising idea, or find some in the How-to resources and give your school a call to get help with putting it all together!
UPDATE: Shinerama 2012 raised $1,035,000!
UPDATE: Awards for Shinerama 2012 Announced!
Best Overall: University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
UBC showed outstanding dedication across many months in the area of recruitment, fundraising and awareness. This enabled them to bring in a total of just under $40,000, a 66% increase than their previous year.
Most Improved Campaign: University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, MB)
U of W had an outstanding year, doubling the size of their Shinerama Committee, number of secondary fundraisers held, and their final total, which was $14,000.
Best Secondary Fundraiser (tie):
Nipissing University/ Canadore College (North Bay, ON) for their Shinerama weekend, consisting of a Gala and Softball Tournament.
Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) for their "Shiner of the Week" initiative.
Outstanding Individual Fundraiser: Meghan Todd (Acadia University, NS)
for her Big Swim, a 14km swim from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.