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CIBC FirstCaribbean raises $4m for cancer fight - JCS grateful for donation

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Nigel Holness (right), managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, presents Yulit Gordon, executive director, Jamaica Cancer Society, with a cheque for $4 million, representing proceeds from the bank’s 2015 Walk for the Cure.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence, and a collective effort can go a long way towards finding a cure for cancer. That's the word from Nigel Holness, managing director, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, who presented a cheque for $4 million to Yulit Gordon, executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) - the proceeds of the bank's fourth annual 'Walk for the Cure'.

Each year since 2012, bank employees in Jamaica, friends, family and customers participate in a 10-lap walk to raise funds for the benefit of the JCS.

The bank's employees across 17 Caribbean countries do likewise with funds raised benefiting their respective cancer organisations, while the events coincide with the 'CIBC Run for the Cure' hosted in Canada by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and sponsored by the bank's parent company.

Addressing the presentation ceremony, Holness said that through the annual event, the bank wanted to send a strong message to, "those battling cancer that they are not alone, and those on the way to recovery that their survival is not the end of a sad story but the beginning of a beautiful one".

Holness thanked the bank's staff, friends, family and customers who participated in the walk and contributing to the $4 million raised for the benefit of the JCS.

He had high praise for all participants. "Not only did our in-house bank teams increase their pre-walk fundraising efforts, but we had the invaluable contribution of scores of sponsors who joined with the bank to raise a record amount for the fight against cancer," he declared.

In her reply, Gordon said she was "humbled by the bank's commitment and grateful for the invaluable contribution to the JCS programmes".