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'Walk For The Cure' this Sunday

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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WITH its annual “Walk For The Cure” fund-raising event set for September 30, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is appealing to Jamaicans to come out and support the initiative.

The bank's Managing Director Nigel Holness issued the invitation to join bank employees and relatives on the walk at Emancipation Park, Kingston. The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) will benefit from the initiative.

Walk For The Cure, which is the bank's flagship annual fund-raiser held in the 17 Caribbean countries in which the bank operates, is one of the region's largest cancer fund-raising and educational initiatives. In fact, the event has raised more than US$1.7 million over the past six years, benefiting cancer societies in each island.

In a release yesterday, Holness praised “the companies and individuals in Jamaica who helped CIBC FirstCaribbean raise in excess of $3 million for the Jamaica Cancer Society in both 2016 and 2017”.

This year's Walk For the Cure sponsors include the Jamaica Observer, Stewarts' Automotive, Current Building Systems, ICWI, Dunn Cox, Guardian Group Foundation, Video Access and Digicel, as well as regional sponsors FLOW, Visa and Mastercard.

“The efforts of these corporate partners coupled with the creative and tireless efforts of hundreds of CIBC FirstCaribbean employees who engage in fund-raising activities and events, have seen the walk grow larger from year to year earning increased sums for cancer research and education,” Holness said.

In the meantime, Yulit Gordon, executive director of the JCS, said: “The funds raised from Walk For the Cure are truly life-changing. The funds are used primarily to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

“The funds are also used to provide assistance, care and counselling to patients and their families as well as to raise awareness and stress the importance of early detection through education campaigns. We're eternally grateful to the volunteers at CIBC FirstCaribbean and all who support Walk For The Cure,” Gordon said.

The release said registration is still open for people wishing to participate in Walk For The Cure 2018.

To join Walk For the Cure, please e-mail: walkforcurejam@cibcfcib.com or call (876) 929-9310.

Also, to donate, the release said one can visit the nearest branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean and make payment to Walk For The Cure account #02160391.

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