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Walk for the Cure: Saint Lucia partners mobilize to raise cancer awareness


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WFTC Coordinator Sharvina Ochulien.

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Cancer Society, Faces of Cancer and Saint Lucians coping with cancer will be the singular focus of simultaneous CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure events on Sunday October 2nd.

The walks will take place in Castries and Vieux Fort from 6:a.m. Walk for the Cure enters its 6th year, with growing partner support from the private sector.

October 02nd is now synonymous with a collective focus on rallying financial support for and demonstrating solidarity with these agencies and the growing clientele they support every day.

Funds raised from the walk are supplemented by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, and presented in equal parts to the cancer support organisations.

Speaking at the event launch on September 06 at the bank’s Rodney Bay branch, CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure coordinator, team member Sharvina Oculien said that in addition to its fundraising component, the initiative also serves to raise awareness of the types of cancer impacting citizens, to encourage the public to be proactive in obtaining screenings and to adopt healthier lifestyles.

“We want our partners like Cancer Society and Faces of Cancer, cancer patients and cancer survivors to know that they are not alone.” she concluded.

In her remarks, Vice President of Faces of Cancer Paula Alfred said that the contributions raised from the walk have become critical to her organisation’s ability to assist persons battling cancer. Last year’s proceeds made it possible for Faces of Cancer to finance the entire treatment for two new cancer patients.

Paula Alfred, VP Cancer Society.

“ For 2016 to 2017 we were also able to assist three patients with travel, accommodation and hospital cost, 6 patients with chemotherapy costs, 8 with medication costs and 5 with the cost of scans”, she reported.

These achievements are in addition to 4 health fairs at the beginning of 2017 where visitors availed themselves of free mammograms, free clinical breast exams, ultrasound, and prostate screening.

This year, teams from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, the beneficiary agencies, corporate partners, employees, families and friends of cancer survivors will tackle two less challenging routes.

The northern team leaves from the banks’ Rodney Bay Branch to Pigeon Island via Mongiraud, Caye Manger and Beausejour while the southern depart from that branch to return La Resource and the Laborie Highway.

The walks will culminate with refreshments, entertainment, health and fitness related challenges.

Walk for the Cure was launched in 2012, raising US$30,000 regionwide. Five years on in 2016, the event raised US$500,000 which has gone to support the work of cancer support organisations in the 17 countries where CIBC FirstCaribbean operates.

A number of fund raising activities are underway to augment proceeds from the $25 registration fee and contributions from corporate partners. Fundraising will also continue throughout the month of October.

The public is encouraged to deposit contributions in any amount at the Walk for the Cure donation tins at all bank branches, or via direct deposit to the Walk for the Cure, CIBC FirstCaribbean account # 106995550. The presentation of cheques to the Cancer Society and Faces of Cancer will take place in November.

For more information on the Walk for the Cure and how you can support, kindly contact Ms. Tia Henry at 456-1110 or Ms. Elaine Borton at 456 2403.


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