Shoot for the Cure fundraiser upcoming

UFV women’s basketball team raising funds for cancer foundation. More than $760,000 have been raised over last seven years.

During Friday’s home game

During Friday’s home game

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team is hosting its eighth annual CIS Shoot for the Cure fundraisers next week, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Shoot for the Cure campaign was launched in 2007 by the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and has proven an overwhelming success, bringing in over $760,000 in donations in its first seven years. This season, for the fourth year in a row, all 47 CIS women’s basketball schools are set to participate.

The Cascades are partnering with the B.C./Yukon chapter of the CBCF for their fundraising initiatives. On Thursday they hosted a  dinner and silent auction at Finnegan’s Pub & Grill.

On Friday, Jan. 23, the Cascades’ home game against the UBC Okanagan Heat (6 p.m. tip-off, Envision Athletic Centre) has been designated their Shoot for the Cure night. The team will be selling T-shirts and wristbands with the Shoot for the Cure logo, and will be soliciting direct donations from fans.

Hailey Kendall, a second-year Cascades guard who is co-ordinating the Shoot for the Cure effort this year, said her team enjoys putting on the events in support of such a worthy cause.

“It’s something fun that we get to do together,” she said. “We like giving back to the community – they give so much to us. That’s something we strive for as a team.”

Over the last four years, the Cascades have raised more than $10,000 for the B.C./Yukon CBCF.

For tickets, or to donate an item to the silent auction, call Kendall at 778-551-0558 or email her at haileykendal@gmail.com.