Carleton Student Demo: Shinerama half-time presentation @ Ottawa Redblacks

Shinerama half-time presentation @ Ottawa Redblacks

    For ticket holders the football game held at TD place starts at 7pm, but for students involved in Shinerama, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), collecting donations began as early as 3pm today! Lined up on Bank street until closer to kick-off Carleton students, who have been raising money since the end of April, chant and greet people as they pass by hoping to raise just a couple more dollars! Tonight, during the half-time show Carleton representatives from the Carleton University Students' Association (CUSA), Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) and Student Experience office (SEO) will present a cheque for their fundraising efforts to a representative from Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
    Lauren Murray, a Carleton student involved in Shinerama attended the Regional Shinerama conference this summer. Her reason to shine is motivated by a fifteen-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis who told her the disease was very lonely. "It makes me try harder and raise more money," she said. Want to know more about Cystic Fibrosis? Follow this link: http://

    Carleton students line the entrance of TD place collecting any last minute donations to support Cystic Fibrosis. Kick-off in T-35min. Third-year student, Morgan Lang says, "I shine because I think I'm incredibly lucky to be healthy and people living with cystic fibrosis have hardships that I don't experience so I want to make their lives better in any way I can."

    Inside TD place Daria Dunn says, "donations have been great today. People get their snacks [for the game] and give their change to us. Everyone's in a really good mood and we're having fun with it." Right now there are ten stations around TD place with students raising awareness and collecting donations. Although these donations won't be added to the cheque given at tonight's half-time show, Dunn says the money will be given to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

    It's kick-off and orange is scattered in the stadium. Orange being the colour shirt, today's Shinerama volunteers are wearing. One incentive for volunteering today was free entrance into the game provided by the Student Experience Office at Carleton. The cheque presentation ceremony starts during the half-time show.

    Redblacks fans cheer at their team's first touchdown but the real cheering can be heard on the street or in the stands around the stadium from various groups of Carleton Shinerama students. Morgan Lang says, "I volunteer to help make a difference." Lang and several others can be heard in this video shining for their cause.

    Half-time show begins: "Carleton raises record donations this year for Shinerama" echoes through the TD Place stadium as the announcer tells the crowd of the $60,000 dollars raised by Carleton students this year. All the money was given to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and will be used for research. This is almost double the amount raised last year which was around $37,000.

    After the announcement, photos were taken of the SEO, RRRA and CUSA representatives passing the large cheque over to the representatives from Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The photo was taken on the field in front of the sold out stadium at TD place, which holds 24,000 fans.
    The play resumes for the third quarter of the game but Carleton students volunteering tonight tell me that the fight for Cystic Fibrosis does not. According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, "there are approximately 4,000 Canadians living with [the disease] who recieve specialized care..." This disease does not have a cure. For more facts visit:
    Volunteer, Brett Parnell says the donation amount doubled this year due to the hard work of the Shinerama Orientation Co ordinators from the last two years. "They worked really hard to bring back the shine," he said.
    Another volunteer says the donation amount doubled due to the Carleton Business students, 'Sprott' jumping on board this year and fundraising at their own events. "They helped a lot," says Morgan Lang.
    The final score is 35-26 for the Toronto Argonauts marking the end of the game. This also marks the end of the Shinerama 2015 fundraiser. To see how it began (at an event attended by Ottawa's mayor, Jim Watson) visit the link below. Now that the 2015 Shinerama fundraiser is over the Student Experience Office representative, Danielle McKeirnan ended with these closing words, "Carleton students really care about Shinerama and fundraising for this cause. We have such amazing students."

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