Aiming to help

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PICTOU — The Hector Arena played host to an event the first of its kind in Nova Scotia on Saturday morning. A fundraiser archery shoot was organized to give back to Prostate Cancer Canada and raise awareness about the disease.

Usually archery target shoots are held for archery clubs as contests and events for people in the community to get together; however, this event was different in that the money raised at the event will go back to the charity to help others.

“My wife’s father passed away last year from prostate cancer,” said Matt MacDonald, event organizer. “Everything just kind of fell into place.”

Being an avid and competitive shooter himself, when MacDonald thought of doing a fundraiser archery was one of the first things to come to mind. The event saw two lines of shooters rotating through stations with the chance to hit different targets each time. The first line saw about 40 people, organized in groups or teams, take aim at targets placed at various distances.

Based on the great response to the first event, MacDonald and his family are already thinking about next year’s event.

“Next year we’re going to pick something else,” he said, referring to donating the money to a different charity. Participants came from all over to attend with MacDonald adding that they saw participants from Cape Breton, New Brunswick and throughout Nova Scotia.

“The response we got from the non-shooters was amazing,” he added.

All of the prizes for the event were donated from the community or businesses, with a number of people being more than happy to help out at the event. A lot of the prizes were also handmade, he said.

Although archery clubs have decent numbers throughout the province, MacDonald added that there are still a lot of people who shoot for fun in their yard or go bow hunting but don’t join a club. For this reason, to make it accessible to everyone, they obtained special insurance for the event to allow those who are not archery club members to take part in the event and show off their skills. MacDonald added that this likely helped in increasing the number of participants who came out to the event.

Eric Naugle, 6, left, and his brother Hunter Naugle, 10, get ready to take their shot during the Archery shoot fundraiser that took place at the Hector Arena on Saturday morning. (Brimicombe photo)