The archery fundraising event will take place on April 30 at the Hector Arena in Pictou

WESTVILLE, NS — Prepare your bow.

Like many other activities, the Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club’s 3D Shoot for Cancer event has been suspended for the past two years due to COVID. But now the archers have their arrows ready and ready for a day of fun while raising money in the fight against breast and prostate cancer.

“My father passed away from prostate cancer in October 2016,” said Jan MacDonald who, along with her husband Matt and Allie DeCoste, is on an organizing committee for the event.

“He didn’t like archery but liked anything that made people happy. So we (she and Matt) started the first year alone (2018); we did an archery at the Hector Arena with 30 or 40 foam targets – 3D animal targets.

Jan said they raised around $2,500 at the event which included the entry fee for filming, a raffle and a 50-50, and did the same for 2019 where they raised almost $3,500.

Then, with the support of the club and the raffle tickets already sold on donated duvets, it looked like 2020 could be an even better year and that’s when they decided that the money they collected would be split between the two forms of cancer through local support groups; the Women Alike Breast Cancer Educational and Support Group and the Prostate Cancer Support Group for Pictou County.

“So we’ve put that (quilt raffle) money aside until we can run the event again which is, finally, this year,” Jan said. “We already have around 71 pre-registered and we can have around 160, that will be our maximum for the day.”

3-D Shoot for Cancer will take place on April 30 at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Spectators are welcome and arena canteen services will be available.

“We open at 7:30 a.m.,” Jan said, adding that the first line of shooters will be at 8:30 a.m. “The second line is at 10:15, then the first line shoots again. You shoot, pause, then shoot again. Then they add up their scores and the highest score wins.

She added that the event is divided into categories based on bow types and ages.

Jan said she helps with registrations and it’s heartwarming to see the support shown for a cause that has touched her family so deeply.

“As the day goes on, it’s just overwhelming to see people come in,” she said. “You have people who come to shoot as well as people who come just to support our causes by buying tickets, or just watching and seeing what archery is all about.”

Matt said they were delighted to be hosts again after a two-year hiatus.

“It’s great to see everyone coming together to support two great support groups as the funds raised will help people who have been through difficult times,” he said. “Most participants know or have known someone who has or has had prostate or breast cancer.”

DeCoste said she is grateful to be part of the committee for the event.

“Having friends who are currently battling breast cancer, it feels good to give back,” she said. “Especially after two years of self-isolation, we can’t wait to get out there and have a good time for two great causes.”


Carson Sharpe prepares to shoot during a recent Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club session at the Westville City Gymnasium.  The club is hosting its 3D shoot for cancer on April 30 at the Hector Arena in Pictou.  -Richard MacKenzie
Carson Sharpe prepares to shoot during a recent Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club session at the Westville City Gymnasium. The club is hosting its 3D shoot for cancer on April 30 at the Hector Arena in Pictou. -Richard MacKenzie

Interest in sports

Jan said his introduction to the sport came from Matt who bought his first bow and arrow about 15 years ago.

“He started and got hooked,” she said. “He was hunting, going to these outdoor 3D competitions and I was going with him. So I went to buy a bow.

Jan said she quickly improved on her first bow after also falling in love with the sport. Now their two daughters practice archery.

“They’ve been doing archery since they were little,” she said.

More information can be obtained by e-mail [email protected]by calling 902-331-1356, or by checking the event’s Facebook page under “Shoot for Cancer in support of prostate and breast cancer”.

Earnest A. Martinez