(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI —UPEI Athletics and Recreation has scheduled the eighth annual Shoot for the Cure fundraiser for Friday, February 6 with a series of activities leading up to, and during, the UPEI women’s basketball game starting at 6:00 pm versus the Acadia Axewomen.
Shoot for the Cure is a fundraising initiative by the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and other related charities.
The women’s basketball team is honoured to have breast cancer survivor Marg Connolly, a long-time booster of the UPEI Green and White basketball club along with other members of the Connolly family, participate in the game’s ceremonial tip-off.
Connolly says, “I am thrilled to have been singled out for this great honour. It is through initiatives like this student-athlete fundraiser that we are paving the way toward a cure for breast cancer. I encourage all Islanders to visit the donor website and help the UPEI Panthers achieve success with this campaign.”
The entire Panther team is involved in the local fundraising effort, with a committee led by student-athlete Danielle MacDonald. The campaign goal has been set at $6,000 and will be achieved through the sale of Shoot for the Cure t-shirts and paper icons, a bake sale, a 50/50, ‘chuck a puck’, and a ‘Gofund’ donation webpage. In addition, the men’s and women’s hockey teams are showing their support once again by hosting “Pink at the Rink” nights at home games. The women’s hockey Panthers host Université de Moncton on Wednesday, February 4, while the men’s team host CIS number-two ranked UNB on Friday, February 6.
The national campaign has been an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, raising over $760,000 in donations. This season, for the fourth year in row, all 47 CIS women’s basketball schools are participating.
At the 2014 CIS championship in Windsor last March, the WBCA presented a cheque for $112,898 to the CBCF while an additional $25,463 was collected by universities that donated their raised funds to local or provincial organizations. The overall Shoot for the Cure total of $138,361 in 2013–14 made it the most successful edition to date. Overall donations since 2007 now stand at $761,309, including $633,304 to CBCF.
Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.