One of the region’s largest fundraisers is less than three weeks away and so far has raised over US$350,000 in support of cancer care and awareness.
Now in its fifth year, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Annual Walk for the Cure will see thousands of walkers and runners across the 16 territories where the bank is located, converting major highways into seas of pink and white over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, 2016.
The Walk which is held in partnership with cancer care organisations in each territory has set a target of raising US$500,000 this year, all of which will be donated to those organisations to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The funds are also used to provide assistance, care and counselling to patients and their families as well as to raise awareness through education campaigns across the region.
Over the past four years, the bank has raised over one million US dollars from the event, primarily supported by generous corporate donors and diverse fundraising activities and events hosted by staff members.
This year the bank’s business in Antigua has once again partnered with the Breast Friends Organisation and the Oncology Department of the Mount St. John Medical Centre to stage the Walk for the Cure.
This year’s Walk is expected to attract even more participants as the bank has unveiled a new registration website where persons can register as well as encourage others to register and donate to the cause by logging on to: http://cibcfcibwalkforthecure.causevox.com/
In addition to the website, participants can go to any CIBC FirstCaribbean branch around the region and sign up for the walk or make a contribution.
The walk is also held to coincide with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure sponsored by the bank’s parent company, CIBC. CIBC has been supporting this event for more than 20 years, donating millions to breast cancer research in Canada.