Funds go to support Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other related charities
The UPEI Panthers basketball and hockey teams will be shooting for a cure on Saturday.
The women’s basketball team’s seventh annual Shoot for the Cure fundraiser takes place on Saturday when the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s (CIS) second-ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies come to town for a 3 p.m. contest.
Shoot for the Cure is an initiative by the CIS women’s basketball coaches association to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and other related charities.
“This Saturday means a lot to me, as well as my team, because we all have been touched by cancer in some way or another,” said guard Jenna Jones. “This weekend is our way of giving back and supporting the people that have been affected.”
The entire Panther team is involved in the local fundraising effort, with a committee led by Jones and Danielle MacDonald, both fourth-year student-athletes. The fundraising goal has been set at $3,000 to be achieved through activities including: Shoot for the Cure T-shirts, paper icons, a bake sale, a 50/50 draw and other Panther team initiatives.
The Panther men’s basketball, women’s hockey and men’s hockey teams have joined the women’s basketball squad to help with the initiative. All four teams play at home on Saturday.
MacDonald will have eight inches off her hair cut off in support of Shave for the Brave. She has already surpassed her goal of $1,000.
“Being a part of this weekend means so much to the team and me. Donating my hair and the money raised . . . makes me feel like I am giving a small part for a great cause,” MacDonald said.
The cutting ceremony will take place at the end of the men’s game. Joining MacDonald will be men’s basketball forward Geoff Doane, who will have his head shaved in support.
“I’m proud to support Danielle and the great cause,” Doane said.
Anyone wishing to donate can still do so at http://www.gofundme.com/6cr3zo.
The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, with more than $600,000 in donations.
The hockey teams are supporting through Pink at the Rink. Both teams will we wearing special inspired jerseys and will also have display and fundraising initiatives onsite for Panther fans to contribute.
A look at Saturday’s UPEI Panthers varsity sports lineup.
3 p.m. – Saint Mary’s at UPEI
3:30 p.m. – Saint Mary’s at UPEI
5 p.m. – Saint Mary’s at UPEI
7 p.m. – St. Thomas at UPEI