A yearly charity run by the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) is going virtual this year.
Ride and Shine for Cystic Fibrosis is a campaign run by Nipissing students which normally has volunteers decked out in bright T-shirts holding car washes and performing other good deeds.
Mykayla King, the student union’s Vice President of Advocacy & Awareness, is hoping that the North Bay community will continue to be as generous as in years past.
“It was a tough decision but we felt it would be the best for everyone involved if we moved everything online. The North Bay community has always been phenomenal helping us raise money for cystic fibrosis and so we know this year will be no different”, King said.
This year’s campaign encourages people to wash their own cars or vehicles and take a picture beside it. People and businesses are encouraged to post the picture to social media along with a fact about cystic fibrosis and donate to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In nearly 30 years of the campaign, the NUSU has raised nearly $480,000 for CF Canada.
Sarah McGowan, Director of Communications for the NUSU, knows that donations may be down this year.
“We know that many charities and nonprofit organizations are struggling to raise funds and so we are hoping that our efforts online will help support CF Canada,” said McGowan. “Since 1992 we have raised $479,596.41 so we are hoping this year gets us closer to that $500,000 mark.”
The NUSU has also partnered with a local fitness studio to run an online Zumba event on September 5 at 7 pm. The class is open to anyone, with donations to CF Canada also being accepted.
Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF.
To donate to Ride and Shine for Cystic Fibrosis, visit http://nusu.com/shine.