The Gunnery Girls Varsity Field Hockey team hosted its 8th annual Play4theCure game vs. Westover School on October 28, 2017 to raise funds for cancer research. The Gunnery beat Westover 2-0 and the team and its supporters set a new record, raising $2,844 for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR).
“While the girls typically wear pink, it is important to note that this is a fundraiser for all cancers, not just breast cancer,” said faculty member Tanya Nongera, who lost an aunt, Mercy Tarumbwa, to cancer and was inspired to raise additional funds this year after learning that Tapuwa Gandari, the sister of one of her childhood friends, had died of cancer this fall.
“I put in a lot of effort in memory of her,” Nongera said. “For me it’s about all cancers not just breast cancer, and trying to find a cure for all of it. It touches so many people and so many girls on our team have been touched by it. This is an opportunity for them to be part of the solution.”
As part of this year’s fundraising effort, the field hockey team also organized a scrimmage between two Gunnery teams, Red vs. White. Each team included eight varsity field hockey players and eight boys, who were each required to secure sponsorships from fellow students in order to play. The sponsorship amount was set at a minimum of $20 per player.
Students could make additional donations in support of their favorite team, Red or White, and were invited to dress in their team’s colors to cheer them on from the sidelines. The teams competed to win a student dress down day but since the game ended in a tie, 2-2, the prize was awarded to all participants.
Cash donations from this year’s event totaled $1,209 and online donations from the team’s Crowdrise page totaled $1,635.
In 2016, The Gunnery field hockey team played a fundraising game against the boys hockey team and the boys helped raise funds by securing sponsorship dollars to play. The proceeds from the event, when combined with funds raised by the Play4TheCure game against Westover, totaled $1,603 that year.
In 2015, the field hockey team sponsored a head-shaving contest, sent out a Crowdrise link and hosted a Pink-Out night field hockey game vs. Westover, raising more than $2,300 for NFCR.