Netballers get out fancy pants to fight cancer

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Stirling University Netball Club’s stars ran a unique charity tournament on Monday – in their pants.

On 14 October, the sports club hosted a scavenger hunt and netball tournament in a bid to raise £780 for UK cancer charity Target Ovarian Cancer. 

The netball social team competing in charity netball tournament. Credit: Stirling University Netball

Netball Social Captain, Eilidh Wynd, came up with the idea after her aunt was diagnosed with the disease and when speaking with her fellow netballers, she realised how commonly affected people are by ovarian cancer.

Monday’s event had a unique twist – ‘Fancy Pants.’

‘Fancy Pants’ saw the netball players wear the biggest, boldest pants they own and decorate them with a message about Ovarian Cancer.

Eilidh said: “It is not spoken about enough.

“That’s why it’s known as women’s silent killer.”

One in 78 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime. 

Eilidh added: “I wanted people to remember this statistic so I thought that raising £780 will help spread this message.”

Eilidh says the main reason for ‘Fancy Pants’ was to take something hidden and show it off.

She explained: “Taking your pants from inside your clothes to the outside and bringing ovarian cancer into the foreground.”

Netball students during the morning scavenger hunt.

When the social captain contacted the charity for help with fundraising they said they loved the sound of the tournament, calling it a “fantastic and unique idea”. 

They were so impressed with her idea they sent through leaflets, money boxes, wristbands, posters and balloons to help the netball club create the perfect charity event.

Over 60 girls from SUNC participated in the all-day event.

Eilidh and her mum counting money raised during the Fancy Pants Tournament. Credit: Eilidh Wynd

So far the club have raised £168 from their Fancy Pants Day and £636 from online donations, smashing their original target.

Hoping to raise as much money as possible, the girls urge people to continue to donate at the link below. – SUNC Fancy Pants Netball Day

Featured Image Credit: Stirling University Netball

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