Shinerama is the largest philanthropic campaign among Canadian college and university students. The campaign is a nation-wide fundraiser lead by the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise money for the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians. Cystic fibrosis affects many bodily organs including the lungs and digestive system causing a myriad of potentially lethal medical complications. The most characteristic complication of the disease is the build up of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs.

The University of Ottawa‘s highly motivated students achieve their fundraising goals through various fundraising activities including sucker runs, dunk tanks and federated body events. On the annual Shine Day, incoming and veteran students will walk the streets of Ottawa selling stickers and candy. Since 1964, the University of Ottawa has raised over 1.2 million toward the fight to find a cure.

This September, more than 35,000 students on nearly 60 university and college campuses will participate in Shinerama in various communities across the nation. These combined efforts of volunteers will bring us one step closer to reaching the ultimate goal – a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more information please contact or like our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Shinerama logo (student's fighting cystic fibrosis)

Relay for Life

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a celebration of survival, a tribute to the lives of loved ones and a night of fun, friendship and fundraising to help beat cancer. Relay for Life is a non competitive relay focused on participation, not competitions. Team members walk the track not to see how many laps they can walk, but rather to enjoy the spirit of the event.  There are many different activities that night including the Luminary Ceremony wherein Luminaries (candles placed in bags along with the name of cancer survivors and loved ones lost) are placed along the track and lit at sunset in Honor of cancer survivors and in Memory of those who have lost the battle against cancer.  In addition, participants have the opportunity to meet cancer survivors and caregivers, friends and family who have cared for loved ones living with cancer and hear their stories, as well as remember those close to them who have lost their fight with cancer. For more information on how to get involved please contact or join our group on Facebook.

More information available on Facebook and Twitter (@uOttawaR4L).
Want to join our organising committee, click here.
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In November, you may notice students at The University of Ottawa sporting a moustache. The moustache represents a movement in men’s health, encouraging men to be proactive about their health and more specifically, participate in prostate cancer screening. Together, Movember Canada and Prostate Cancer Canada have spearheaded this movement in the fight against prostate cancer, the most common, life threatening cancer to affect men. Throughout the month of November, students raise money through various events on and off campus.

Come join our group on Facebook of volunteers and be part of the fight! For more information on how to get involved please contact or follow us on Twitter or @uOttawaMo.