With record breaking participation this year, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank’s 8th Annual Walk for the Cure has been assessed as a resounding success.
Led first by a HI FI and then the Police Band, the participants moved off from the bank’s Old Parham Road branch at about 4.30 pm on Saturday, and wended their way around the outskirts and the streets of St. John’s.
Prior to the start, the walkers were addressed by Country Manager Glen Smith who thanked the participants for supporting this great initiative by CIBC FirstCaribbean to raise the awareness of cancer and to support and celebrate our many survivors.
He noted that finding a cure for cancer should be a very personal cause for all because everyone knows at least one person who has died from cancer or is a survivor. In fact, CIBC FirstCaribbean itself has one staff member who has died and others or a family member, who are either battling cancer or are survivors.
Smith said that the Walk is also a way to raise funds to assist in the financing of the work of organisations who support those with cancer and their families.
“Over the previous seven walks we have raised approximately $200,000 which has been donated back to the community. Last year we donated $50,000 to the Breast Friends Organisation and the Oncology Department of Mount St. John Medical Centre. Based on the numbers we should top that figure this year and these same two organisations will receive the funds,” he said.
The bank manager noted that this was an integral part of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s continuing commitment to be engaged with the real issues facing our clients and their communities.
“By becoming personally involved in this event we are each demonstrating that CIBC FirstCaribbean’s commitment to Antigua and Barbuda is about more than handing over a donation.”
The generous support of a number of regional and local sponsors coupled with the myriad fundraising events and activities organized by the bank’s staff, all contribute to our success.
Smith thanked all the participants and singled out a large contingent from the female section of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force who participated in this year’s event.
“I also wish to thank and acknowledge the dedicated work done by our Walk Coordinator Mrs. Julia Joseph and her team. They work selflessly to ensure its success. Thanks also to Supa Dymond, Ezzy Rattigan, Menace and Claudette Peters who volunteered their talents and time to add their magic to enhance the occasion.”