The 2013 CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk/Run for the Cure is definitely on and this year, employees, their friends and families will take part in the event in a bid to raise awareness of and support for the fight against all types of cancer.
CIBC FirstCaribbean's 17 businesses across the Caribbean will either host their own event or will join one of the national cancer organisations, many of whom are hosting events between the end of September and the first week in October.
CIBC FirstCaribbean first organised the event last year as part of its 10th anniversary activities. Its parent company in Canada, CIBC, is in its 17th year as the title sponsor for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, after which this series of events is fashioned. In 2012, 13,000 CIBC employees, their families and friends, took part in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure as part of Team CIBC. Team CIBC contributed over $3 million through the collection of pledges, fundraising events and contributions from the CIBC Pink Collection to the national total of over $30 million raised in 2012.
US$30,000 in donations
Nearly 3,000 CIBC First-Caribbean employees and their families joined together for the walk events and in the end the company was able to donate just under US$30,000 to cancer organisations around the region, in support of the work they are doing with cancer patients in the Caribbean. This year, there is even more emphasis on fundraising, as CIBC FirstCaribbean offices organise activities among their staff, and in some cases their customers, to raise as much as they can towards the cause.
Nigel Holness, managing director of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, said that the Jamaican team is ready to make their contribution to the fight against cancer. He said, "Last year, our staff, their friends and family members turned out for the inaugural Walk for the Cure. This year, we expect to raise even more funds for the Jamaica Cancer Society as the staff have organised themselves into teams and have been fund-raising for several months."
The bank has established a number of accounts at its branches across the Caribbean, into which the public may deposit their donations.
The account number for Jamaica is: 1002160391.