Friday 20 October, 2017

CIBC FirstCaribbean 'Walks for The Cure' event set for October 1

CIBC First Caribbean International Bank’s annual “Walk For The Cure” will take place on Sunday, October 1, at Emancipation Park.

Nigel Holness, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean said the bank will be partnering with the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) and “donating all funds raised to the JCS for their life changing and life saving work.”

Holness said this was the sixth consecutive year that the bank will be staging its principal fundraiser and public awareness event to benefit cancer care and research in Jamaica and across the Caribbean.

He also noted that the events coincide with the “CIBC Run For The Cure” hosted in Canada by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and sponsored by our parent company, CIBC.

Noting that last year the bank presented J$3.4M to the JCS and US$500,000 regionally.

He noted that since 2012, friends, family and customers of the bank and sponsors have participated in a 10-lap walk at Emancipation Park while colleagues in the other islands across the region, where the bank operates, did likewise for the benefit of their cancer associations.

Holness in his address said, “I am pleased to report that in just five years ‘Walk For The Cure’ has become one of the region’s largest cancer fundraisers so far contributing US$1.3M in support of cancer care and awareness.”

He thanked the staff, their families and friends and sponsors “for a unified commitment to reducing the incidence of cancer.”

In Jamaica and the region 2017 “Walk For The Cure” sponsors are: Fujitsu, Guardsman Group Foundation, Jamaica Observer, ICWI Group, VISA, Sandals Resorts International, TATA Consultancy Services, First Atlantic Commerce, Cable & Wireless, Dunn Cox, Guardian Group Foundation, Digicel Foundation, Video Access Security Solutions, Rainforest Seafoods, Stewarts Automotive Group, Couples Resorts and TrendMedia/Loop.

Meanwhile “Walk For the Cure” Co-Chair and Chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Jamaica, Mark St. Hill in his address said that “Cancer has impacted so many in the country and the region and we must all continue this journey to get rid of this scourge.”

Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, JCS, thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for their continued support of the work of the organization and Juliet Taylor shared the journey of her family when her 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer.