17 COUNTRIES, 17 EVENTS – 1 CAUSE CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN SET TO HOST ITS FOURTH WALK FOR THE CURE
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17 COUNTRIES, 17 EVENTS – 1 CAUSE CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN SET TO HOST ITS FOURTH WALK FOR THE CURE

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS – All eyes are on major supporter of regional cancer organizations in the fight against cancer, CIBC First Caribbean, as plans roll out for its annual Walk for the Cure to be held in the month of October. The walk, benefiting cancer organizations throughout the region, will unite over 10,000 passionate participants in 17 countries in which the bank operates, in a unified demonstration of their commitment to assist those affected by cancer.

The Walk for the Cure is now in its fourth year, and in the first three years raised approximately US$330,000 to support critical cancer care, purchase vital equipment necessary to treat patients and host general education programmes to create greater awareness of the disease across the region. This year, the bank aims to far exceed last year’s total and raise an additional US$300,000 and has already secured US$110,000 two months before the highly anticipated event.

Co-Chairs for this year’s walk, CIBC FirstCaribbean Executives, Trevor Torzsas and Mark St. Hill, praised the fund-raising efforts of the bank’s staff and the enthusiastic support of the business community who have been coming on board as sponsors.

Trevor Torzsas noted: “This time last year we hadn’t even started to track our fund-raising. We are getting a real head-start and on the path to make an even bigger difference in 2015. This year the enthusiasm of our people is even greater and some of our countries started their fund-raising immediately after last year’s event. We’ve seen the result through this fantastic achievement with more than a month to go”

Mark St. Hill added: “We are immensely proud of our employees across the region. They have come together to make this cause a common one, to assist those in our communities who are affected by this disease. We at CIBC FirstCaribbean have not remained unaffected by cancer, having lost several staff members, and several of our staff’s family members to the disease. We want to do our part to help in this most important fight.”  

Walk organizers are busily involved in finalizing plans for their various walk events, which take place on the first weekend of October. In all instances, the bank has partnered with several Cancer organizations for the Walk. Employees of the bank are currently engaged in a series of fundraising activities in branches and continue to give generously give of their time and money in support of the cause. The public and corporate sponsors have also been given the opportunity to support through donations made in special accounts in every Caribbean country where the bank operates. 

Customers can go to any CIBC FirstCaribbean branch around the region and make a contribution. 

Persons on St. Maarten wishing to make a donation may do so at both CIBC FCIB’s Philipsburg and Cole Bay branches via Account #C/A 10055400. 

The Branch will also be taking part in the Annual Positive Foundation/Elektralyets Foundation’s Pink Parade scheduled for October. Persons interested in joining CIBC FCIB during the Parade may registering with the bank, registration is only Naf 20.00 and participants will receive a CIBC Walk for the Cure T-Shirt.

The walk is also held to coincide with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure sponsored by the bank’s parent company, CIBC. CIBC has been supporting this event for more than 20 years, donating millions to breast cancer research in Canada.

For more information please contact CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, St. Maarten at telephone +1-721-542-3511.

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