With record breaking participation this year, CIBC First Caribbean Bank’s 5th Annual Walk for the Cure has been deemed a resounding success.
Led by the Police Band, the participants moved off from the bank on High street at about 5.30 pm last Saturday, and wended their way around the streets of St. John’s.
Prior to the start, the walkers were addressed by Country Manager Glen Smith who thanked the participants for supporting the initiative by CIBC First Caribbean to raise the awareness of cancer and to support and celebrate the many survivors.
He noted that finding a cure for cancer should be a very personal cause for all because everyone knows at least one person who has died from cancer or is a survivor. In fact, CIBC First Caribbean itself has staff members who are either battling cancer or are survivors.
Smith said that participation in the 5th Annual CIBC First Caribbean Walk for a Cure is important in terms of increasing awareness of the disease; raising funds for cancer care, showing support for cancer survivors; and remembering those who have passed.
This year, all the funds raised will be donated to the Oncology Department at Mount St. John Medical Centre and the Breast Friends Organisation.
The bank manager noted that this as an integral part of CIBC First Caribbean’s continuing commitment to be engaged with the real issues facing our clients and their communities. “By becoming personally involved in the event we are each demonstrating that CIBC First Caribbean’s commitment to Antigua and Barbuda is about more than handing over a donation.”
The generous support of a number of regional and local sponsors coupled with the myriad fundraising events and activities organized by the bank’s staff across the region, has so far raised USD$402,715 of the USD$500, 000 target set for this year.
Last year’s efforts raised USD$400, 000 which went directly towards early detection, care, support and raising awareness of cancer across the region.
The bank will continue to accept donations towards the Walk for the Cure Fund until month end.