CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank on Tuesday handed over a cheque for $4,050.00 to the Grenada Cancer Society.
The presentation was made during a brief ceremony held at the St. George’s General Hospital.
The funds were raised by CIBC FirstCaribbean staff in Grenada together with over 3,000 CIBC FirstCaribbean employees, friends and family in the Caribbean who joined more than 13,000 employees, family and friends of Team CIBC in 60 different Run sites across Canada – to take part in Canada’s CIBC Run for the Cure, uniting employees of the CIBC group of companies in a common cause.
Throughout the 17 countries where CIBC FirstCaribbean operates, the inaugural CIBC FirstCaribbean “Walk for the Cure” was described as an historic event!
The Grenada team focused on the town of St. George, distributing information on cancer prevention and recognising its symptoms during September.
As part of this initiative, the Bank staff made donations and CIBC FirstCaribbean Head Office matched the donations made by the Bank staff, to hand over to a local charity – The Grenada Cancer Society.
The bank’s Country Manager, Nigel Ollivierre said the financial institution is happy to partner with the Cancer Society in its fight against cancer, adding that the most people encountered during the promotions knew someone infected or affected with cancer.
Ollivierre pledged his company’s support to the cause of the Cancer Society and gave a commitment to continue to engage in activities to further educate people on the issue of cancer and seek ways to find a cure for the deadly disease.
Medical doctor, Barrymore Mc Barnette who received the cheque from CIBC said that cancer is now the leading cause of death in Grenada and that on a weekly basis new patients are diagnosed with new forms of cancer.
Dr. Mc Barnette felt that the contribution from the bank would go a long way in helping patients battle the disease since treatment is very expensive.
He noted that recently the Society contributed $5,000.00 towards a patient affected by breast cancer to seek treatment outside of Grenada.
In Grenada, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in females and prostate cancer in males.
Cuban Oncologist Hector Diaz Esquiro was on hand to witness the presentation.