Sunday 17 November, 2019

CIBC FCIB Walk For The Cure moves to Hope Gardens for 8th staging

Holness... says event has raised over US$2.2 million across the region.

Holness... says event has raised over US$2.2 million across the region.

Walk For The Cure, the flagship activity of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in collaboration with the Jamaica Cancer Society, is set for Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Hope Gardens in St Andrew.  It's the eighth renewal of the annual event previously held at Emancipation Park.

The Walk in Jamaica, which is open to public participation, will also see bank employees, friends and family, customers, sponsors and others walking to raise funds for the Jamaica Cancer Society to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, finance counseling and education programmes for patients and their families as well as to raise awareness and stress the importance of early detection.

Started in 2012 as part of the 10th anniversary activities of the bank, Walk For The Cure is hosted in all 16 Caribbean islands in which CIBC FirstCaribbean has operations. Each either host their own event or join their national cancer organization, many of which organise events between the end of September and early October. Since 1997, CIBC the bank’s parent company in Canada has been the title sponsor of the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure, a 5K or 1K Walk or Run also hosted in early October each year.

Nigel Holness, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in Jamaica said “over the past seven years this event has raised over US$2.2 million across the region. So many people have been touched by cancer either directly or indirectly and our bank has committed to doing all we can to finding a cure. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to work with the cancer organizations to positively impact the communities in which we operate, helping the many individuals and families dealing with the scourge of cancer.”

Noting that Walk For The Cure is the region’s largest cancer fund raising and awareness event, Holness said that “in-house planning committees across the bank’s 16-island footprint have been busy fund-raising for this year’s Walk and the money generated along with registration fees and contributions from sponsors will all go to the cancer organizations”. 

He said that “the efforts of our corporate partners coupled with the creative fund raising efforts of our hundreds of CIBC FirstCaribbean employees have seen the Walk For The Cure grow larger and larger each year, earning increased sums for cancer research and education and the Jamaica Cancer Society has benefitted from proceeds of the Walk of over J$3-m each year since 2016.”

Sponsors of the 2019 Walk For The Cure are: Breathless Montego Bay, Secrets St. James, Secrets Wild Orchid, Couples Resorts, Lucozade, ICWI, JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, Stewart’s Automotive Group, GraceKennedy Limited, Current Building Systems, Seprod, Chas E. Ramson, Native Food Packers Limited, KukUp Kreations, Pro Communications Limited, DunnCox, This is Really Great Yogurt, J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Production Resource Systems (PRS), Jamaica Observer, Nationwide News Network, JP St. Mary’s, BH Paints, VISA, Optimus SBR, Fujitsu, TSL, Adtalem Global Education.

Registration for the 2019 CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk For The Cure is still open at: walkforcurejam@cibcfcib.com

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