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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
April 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Shinerama Barbeque

Headstart and Shinerama

This year, The Headstart Team wanted to do their part in helping to raise awareness and raise funds for Shinerama. We have partnered with members of Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union who will be hosting a Shinerama barbeque on each Headstart day. Each student who register's for Headstart will receive a coupon for a free barbeque lunch, consisting of a hamburger or veggie burger, pop and a bag of chips! The coupon you will receive in your Registration package on your Headstart day and all proceeds go to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Don't worry parents there will be plenty of barbequed food for you to make your donation as well! You can purchase a hamburger, pop and a bag of chips for a low price of only $4!

The barbeque will take place at the RCW Courtyard from 1:30 pm to 2:30pm on each Headstart day.

What is Shinerama?

Shinerama is Canada's largest post-secondary school fundraiser, which involves more than 35, 000 students and 60 universities and colleges across Canada. Shinerama raises money while generating awareness for Cystic Fibrosis; a fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults each year. There is currently no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, however through fundraisers such as Shinerama the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have been putting funds towards extensive research and treatment programs across Canada.

To help get Laurier Brantford's Shinerama campaign underway, we will be holding a Shinerama BBQ at each of the Headstart days. Laurier students will be given a voucher for a free lunch combo as well as family and friends will also have the opportunity to support the Shinerama campaign by purchasing items from the BBQ.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a fatal, genetic disease that affects young people all over the world. This multi-organ disease primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system. CF causes a thick mucus-like buildup in the lungs, making it very difficult to breathe. In the digestive system, CF makes digesting food very difficult. CF prevents vital nutrients from entering the body. People with CF must consume enzymes (an average of 20 pills a day) to allow the nutrients to be absorbed by the body.

One child in every 3,600 children in Canada have CF. Because it is genetic there is nothing the child can do to prevent the disease from developing. At this time, there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. However, with help from Shinerama, and the communities they work in, real progress has been made and there is a bright and hopeful future for patients with CF. Join us in our fight to beat CF!