CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank has donated $50,000 to two cancer organizations raised during the 7th Annual Walk for the Cure which was held last October.
At a handing over ceremony yesterday, the bank’s Country Manager, Glen Smith, said participation in the Annual CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for a Cure was important in terms of increasing awareness of the disease, raising funds for cancer care, showing support for cancer survivors, and remembering those who have passed.
He thanked the local and regional sponsors present at the ceremony for their continued support and challenged the staff of the bank, sponsors and the general public to get involved to help raise more funds.
“I know that $50,000 is really a drop in the bucket, but every cent counts and I am challenging everyone to get involved so that we can double this donation during this year’s Walk,” Smith said.
“Many thanks also to Julia Joseph, our Walk for the Cure Coordinator, her committee and all our staff members who work tirelessly year after year, in planning and executing fundraising activities.”
During the presentation, Eunetta Bird, the President of Breast Friends, thanked the bank for its unwavering support over the past seven years.
“Your donations over the years have allowed us to intensify our educational campaign and public awareness campaigns by conducting seminars and workshops; and offering support to families,” Bird said.
She implored everyone to adopt healthier lifestyles, stating, “cancers are on the rise — not just breast and prostate, but other cancers like stomach cancer — [and] we must be more aware of what we eat”.
Head of Marketing and Communications at Mount St. John Medical Center Salma Crump also thanked the bank, its staff and the many sponsors for the donation and its commitment to the ongoing work at the Oncology Department.
“Th money has already been earmarked as there
are many improvements being undertaken to make the Oncology Department more comfortable for patients and staff,” Crump said said.
The 8th Annual CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure will be held on the first weekend of October, this year.