Charlottetown, PEI (January 12, 2016)– UPEI Athletics and Recreation will host the ninth annual Shoot for the Cure fundraiser this Friday, January 15 when the Women’s Basketball Panthers take on the Acadia Axewomen.
The tip-off time is 6:00 pm.Shoot for the Cure is a fundraising initiative of the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) that raises money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other related charities. The national campaign, launched in 2007, has collected over $886,000 in donations.The entire Panther team is involved in the local UPEI effort, led by captains Tamara Tompkins, Katie Donahoe, and Anne Kiberd.“We’re so excited to be hosting this fundraiser as we all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” says Tompkins.“On behalf of UPEI Women’s Basketball, I invite everyone to come out to watch great basketball action and help us with this worthy cause,” she adds. “There are numerous ways to give at the game—you can buy Shoot for the Cure t-shirts, pick up a treat at our bake sale, or bid on some terrific donated prizes at our silent auction.”For the fifth year in a row, all 47 CIS women’s basketball schools are participating in the program. This year’s edition of Shoot for the Cure could prove the most special to date, thanks to the fast approaching $1,000,000 benchmark and the launch of a new coast-to-coast project, the Pink Ball Journey.
At the 2015 CIS women’s basketball championship in Quebec City last March, the WBCA presented a cheque for $102,312.05 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. An additional $23,049.71 was amassed by universities that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing the overall Shoot for the Cure total for the 2014-15 season to $125,361.76.Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend!