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PRESS RELEASE – CIBC FirstCaribbean has announced Sunday October 5th as the date of the third annual Walk for the Cure.
The Walk, which has quickly become one of the most anticipated events on the bank’s calendar, is expected to draw an even larger group of participants than previous years with the overall goal of raising funds in support of local cancer group, Faces of Cancer.
Country Manager, Ladesa James-Williams noted, “Every year the interest in and scope of the Walk for the Cure increases, an indication of the positive impact that the Walk has both locally and regionally on individuals and cancer support groups alike.
Not only are we able to raise funds to support local cancer groups, but by this walk we are able to celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors and honor the memory of loved ones who have gone before us.”
President of Faces of Cancer, Dorothy Phillip, expressed, “Faces of Cancer St. Lucia is extremely grateful to the management and staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean for embarking on this timely, thoughtful and encouraging venture.
As we know walking is a very good form of exercise, particularly for cancer patients, and research has shown that for a cancer patient, 50 miles of walking in one month can decrease the chances of re-occurrence by 50 percent.
We hope that the Walk for the Cure will be an inspiration to those in need, for “we walk together as one”.
Our hope is that the funds collected from this venture will be sufficient to assist three members of Faces of Cancer St. Lucia with their cancer treatment and so we are encouraging the public to come out and register to walk or donate as the end result will be a win for you as well as a cancer patient.”
This year, the bank has invited members of the public to show their support by making a donation at all branches of CIBC FirstCaribbean or by signing up to participate in the Walk for the Cure.
Donations can be made online by visiting www.cibcfcib.com or direct deposit to the Walk for the Cure, CIBC FirstCaribbean account # 106995550.
A number of fund raising activities have also been organized and include cancer awareness ribbons that customers who make a donation of any amount will receive from any of our branches, Friday cake sales, a raffle with exciting prizes and a flea market slated for Saturday September 27.
“The Walk is a great example of how we can work together as a community to fight cancer locally. With hundreds of individuals walking side by side, we send a clear message that no one needs to battle cancer alone”, stated Mrs. Williams.
The Walk for the Cure is scheduled for Sunday October 5th and will commence at 6:00 a.m. at the CIBC FirstCaribbean Rodney Bay Branch, in the Mardini Building parking lot and will finish at Pigeon Island National Landmark.
At the completion of the walk participants will be treated to light refreshments, entertainment and interactive talks with medical professionals.
Participants are asked to contribute $20.00 towards registration for the walk, with all funds raised through registration and other activities to support Faces of Cancer.
Last year, the Walk for the Cure succeeded in bringing together thousands of walkers regionally and raised over $100,000 USD in support of the cancer organisations within the region.
For more information on the Walk for the Cure and how you can support, kindly contact Tia Henry at 456-1110.