CIBC FirstCaribbean’s annual Walk for the Cure has raised US$400,000 in 2015. The funds raised will go towards the care and support of persons fighting the disease of cancer across the Caribbean.
The walk, held during the month of October, united over 20,000 passionate participants in 17 countries in which the bank operates, in a demonstration of their commitment to assist those affected by cancer.
The Walk for the Cure started in 2012, as part of the bank’s 10th anniversary celebrations. That year, the Walk raised just over US$30,000. In 2013, the funds raised increased to $100,000 and in 2014, the Walk for the Cure raised approximately US$200, 000 to support critical cancer care, purchase vital equipment necessary to treat patients and host general education programmes to create greater awareness of the disease across the region.
Hailing this year as a phenomenal success, Co-chairs for this year’s walk, CIBC FirstCaribbean Executives, Trevor Torzsas and Mark St. Hill, praised the fund-raising efforts of the bank’s staff and the enthusiastic support of the business community who came on board as sponsors.
This year, the 2015 Walk for the Cure partnered with St. Lucia Cancer Society and Faces of Cancer and doubled last year’s contributions to $50,000 in St. Lucia.
Country Manager, Ladesa James-Williams, thanked both staff and sponsors for their ongoing commitment to growing the event each year.