REPRESENTATIVES of the Saint Lucia Cancer Society and Faces of Cancer have received the proceeds of the 2019 Walk For The Cure in the amount of XCD 58,000. The funds were shared in equal portions between the two agencies, and will go towards testing, equipment procurement and counseling support of cancer sufferers and their families, as well as the agencies’ cancer awareness advocacy outreach.
The funds were handed over during a short ceremony at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s main branch at Bridge Street on Tuesday, December 17 by the Walk ForThe Cure organising committee and senior bank officials.
The eighth staging of Walk For The Cure fell short of the targeted amount of $100,000, an outcome which the Bank’s Country Manager Ladesa James-Williams said was due to the slightly later commencement of planning this year. “However, some trends are very exciting for us. Corporate commitment remains strong, community partnerships increased in 2019, and public awareness is growing. We will definitely be leveraging these opportunities for greater returns in 2020”, Mrs. Williams said, as she extended thanks to the corporate and community partners.
Walk For The Cure is organized annually by CIBC FirstCaribbean in every country where the bank does business. The funds are used primarily to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The efforts of corporate partners coupled with the creative and tireless efforts of hundreds of CIBC FirstCaribbean employees who engage in diverse fundraising activities and events have raised over USD$2.2 million over the past eight years.