Friday 14 August, 2020

CIBC Walk for the Cure presents $4.5 million to Jamaica Cancer Society

(L-R) Nigel Holness,  Managing  Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank  and Jerome Griffith, HR Manager at the bank, present the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk For The Cure cheque for $4.5 million to Elve Passley, Administrative Assistant at the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS); Shullian Brown, Fund Raising Officer, JCS and Michael Leslie Executive Director (Actg.) of the JCS.

(L-R) Nigel Holness, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and Jerome Griffith, HR Manager at the bank, present the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk For The Cure cheque for $4.5 million to Elve Passley, Administrative Assistant at the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS); Shullian Brown, Fund Raising Officer, JCS and Michael Leslie Executive Director (Actg.) of the JCS.

The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) recently received a financial fillip to further its work across the island.

Officials from the JCS recently accepted a $4.5 million donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean, the proceeds from the eighth annual Walk for the Cure cancer fundraiser held last September.

Walk for the Cure in Hope Gardens, Jamaica, saw bank employees, friends and family, clients and sponsors, walking to raise funds to assist the JCS with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, finance counselling and education programmes for patients and their families as well as raising awareness and stressing the importance of early detection.

Nigel Holness, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean said: “We are grateful for the many persons who joined our bank family in raising this money. The work that the JCS does benefit everyone in Jamaica and is an investment in a healthier population. We are all trying to do our part to keep our loved ones and neighbours safe and hopefully, our contributions would help in bringing Jamaica and the world closer to a cure for cancer.”

Michael Leslie, Executive Director (Actg) of the JCS said “the money raised by the Walk For The Cure will be a great help particularly now as we are grappling with the additional challenges of COVID-19. In keeping with government instructions for social distancing and crowd limits, we have established an appointment system and these funds will also help us to replenish supplies of personal protective equipment to protect our staff and our clients”.

Walk for the Cure was started in 2012 as part of the 10th-anniversary activities of the bank, and is hosted in all 16 Caribbean Islands in which CIBC FirstCaribbean has operations.

Each either host their event or join their national cancer organisation, 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.

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