CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Grenada Ltd. is hoping to raise a minimum of EC$25, 000 this year towards the fight against cancer through its annual ‘Walk for the Cure” initiative’.
The event will bring together local cancer support service providers, corporate businesses and the public in fundraising activities in all 17 CIBC territories in the region.
This is the fifth consecutive year the event is being held in Grenada with all proceeds being presented to the Grenada Cancer Society to assist with their operations.
The initiative began as a tribute to the communities CIBC FirstCaribbean serves, when it marked its tenth anniversary in 2012.
Local Manager, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Nigel Ollivierre on February 5 presented EC$16, 783.43, representing funds raised during last year’s event to President of the Grenada Cancer Society, Dr. Barrymore McBarnette.
“We are hopeful that we could raise probably about EC$25, 000 this year,” Ollivierre said, during the brief handing over ceremony at the bank’s headquarters’ in St George’s.
“…We had EC$16,000 last year, the year before we had just about half of that and I don’t want to venture too much to say EC$32,000 but we are looking at a minimum of EC$25, 000, he added.
According to Dr. Mc Barnette, cancer has been the leading cause of mortality in Grenada for the past five years and that his clinic usually attend to “about 68- 69 new patients each year.”
Dr. Mc Barnette said the funds received would assist in “cancer education and treatment related programmes”.
World Cancer Day was observed on February 4 under the theme “Not Beyond Us.”
The day was started in 2005 by the International Union Against Cancer in an effort to raise awareness and highlight the need for a positive and proactive approach to cancer and to emphasise the fact that solutions exist.
“Cancer is something that has touched the lives of most of us directly or indirectly,” said Ollivierre, who affirmed the bank’s commitment to raising cancer awareness.
He went on to say: “…First Caribbean supports all efforts to raise public awareness for all types of cancer including early detection, treatment and an urgent need for a permanent cure. We consider this to be a very worthy cause and we will continue to champion it going forward”.
Last October, more than 100 people, along with 15 sponsors joined FirstCaribbean on their fourth annual ‘Walk for the Cure’, through the streets of St. George.
Fund raising activities for 2015 include a luncheon in March, a raffle, walk-a-ton, tea and fashion show, and a breakfast among other internal activities among the bank’s staff.
The Cancer awareness event is expected to climax with the bank’s signature twilight ‘Walk for the Cure’ this October on a date to be announced.
Ollivierre said the “Walk for the Cure” event would coincide with the Pink Ribbon Society’s annual “Cancer Awareness Walk of Hope.”