Every Friday the staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean will be hosting events at both branches to invite customers and friends to join the bank’s Walk for the Cure.
Now in its sixth year, organisers were expecting more participation than in previous years.
However, the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria forced the organisers to postpone the annual event from 7th October to 28th October.
Country Manager, Glen Smith said that with the disruption of life due to the hurricanes in September, people lost focus and it was necessary to re-boot.
“CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure was designed to raise both awareness and funds for the campaign against cancer. Over the past few years we have teamed up with the Breast Friends Organisation and the Oncology Department of the Mount St. John Medical Centre to stage this campaign and both organisations have benefitted from the funds raised,” Mr. Smith said.
Last Friday staff interacted with customers and friends to encourage them to join the campaign against cancer. This will continue every Friday for this month.
The walk is a regional cancer awareness and fundraiser which takes place in all the territories of the Dutch and English speaking Caribbean where the bank operates. Last year across the region, over 20,000 participants (employees, friends, cancer survivors and the general public) hit the streets to show their support over the walk weekend, held in most territories on the first weekend in October.
Over the last five years it has raised in excess of US$1.3 million across the region, all of which was donated to various organisations involved in raising awareness, early detection and assisting cancer survivors and their families.
The walk was cancelled in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands, due to the devastation to those islands caused by the hurricanes.
Many local sponsors have teamed up with the bank this year including: Platinum Sponsor – Daily Observer; Gold Sponsors: Falmouth Harbour Marina, Wishing Well Inc, Linton Mark Contractors, Hermitage Bay and Antigua Plumbing and Hardware; Silver Sponsors: Hadeed Motors; Buff Up Fitness, British Airways, and Anjo Insurance/Wholesale along with Bronze Sponsors: Lipstick Antigua, GiGi Furniture and Hutchinsons.
The public is being encouraged to get involved as almost everyone’s life has been touched in some way by cancer.
This year’s CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure will be held on Saturday, October 28th starting from the bank’s branch on the Old Parham Road.