Frosh Week gives back

Last year ASUS Frosh Week's Shinerama raised $62,370

Frosh wash cars to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada.
Frosh wash cars to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada.
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Every year, the largest faculty at Queen’s increases the amount of money raised during Frosh Week for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) of Canada.

For almost 50 years, the faculty of Arts and Science has raised money for the nation-wide Shinerama campaign.

Jeff Quanz, president of the Kingston chapter of the CFF said Frosh Week is the chapter’s top fundraiser.

“It’s just entirely amazing what can be done in one day,” he said.

Arts and Science has raised over $835,000 for Shinerama, with funds going exclusively towards national research programs.

The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) is expanding its fundraising efforts to include local charities this year, said Stephanie Garraway who organizes ASUS charity initiatives during Frosh Week. “This year we actually got approached by other charities asking us if we wouldn’t mind donating some of the money we raise during the week to their charity,” Garraway, ArtSci ’12 said.

Last year ASUS Frosh Week raised $62,370 in the Shinerama campaign, which gets Frosh Week participants to wash cars, shine shoes and collect beer bottles for donations.

On top of contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, up to $3,000 in funds raised will be given to another local charity this year. The local charity hasn’t been decided on yet, but Garraway said possible fundraising events could include raffles or pie-in-the-face games.

Each faculty chooses their own unique recipient charity, often based on aspects that relate to the faculty.

Nursing makes cards for patients at Kingston General Hospital while faculties like Commerce fundraise throughout the year instead of focusing on Frosh Week. However, the Commerce Society does run events like food drives and chocolate bar sales for local charities.

First-year Engineering students sell nuts during Frosh Week with profits donated to the Rotary Club. Concurrent Education frosh participate in a literacy fundraising campaign through the faculty of Concurrent Education and an awareness campaign for special Olympic athletes run through the Physical Education and Kinesiology faculty.

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