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Sunday, October 6 marked the second annual Walk for the Cure which is in aid of local cancer societies Faces of Cancer and the St. Lucia Cancer Society.
About 100 CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank employees, friends and family members in St. Lucia, braved the early hours of the morning to walk as a show of support for those in the fight against cancer. This year’s Walk for the Cure is the second annual event involving staff and friends throughout CIBC FirstCaribbean’s 17-territory regional network.
The St. Lucia leg of the walk included participants of all age groups and convened at the Bridge Street, Castries Branch – via Faux A Chaux, down the Millennium Highway, back to Faux a Chaux, and back to the Bank. Prizes and recognition were given to those who completed the walk in record time from various categories.
Beyond the public show of solidarity and support, participants made monetary donations and contributions which will be matched by CIBC FirstCaribbean’s ComTrust Foundation, and will be presented to the local Faces of Cancer and the Saint Lucia Cancer Society. Over the years, these organisations have actively raised the level of public awareness of cancer in Saint Lucia and assisted individuals and families affected by cancer.
Addressing the crowd after the walk, Country Manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean, Mauricia Thomas-Francis, highlighted the importance of the activity stating, “Sadly we all know someone – a mother, a sister, an uncle, a friend, a neighbour – who has faced cancer.
In fact the circle grows larger with each year with friends, families and loved ones being stricken. Cancer has been said to be the number one cause of death in St. Lucia, with prostate and breast cancers being the most prevalent.
“CIBC FirstCaribbean throughout the region has taken up the mantle, championing the cause for early detection, provision of support and increased awareness of the facts about cancer in our communities. Today we make our own stand in the fight against cancer.
“We feel blessed to once again partner with the St. Lucia Cancer Society and the Faces of Cancer who have been doing amazing work amongst families affected with cancer. These associations provide health information, financial support but most importantly emotional support to those afflicted and affected. Once again our CIBC FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation will match our donations increasing the impact that our local cancer associations will have on the lives of persons in our communities.”