Year number eight is shaping up to be great for the region’s largest cancer fundraising and awareness event - CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 6:30 am on 7-Mile Public Beach.
With a new executive co-chair and several new walk managers heading in-house planning committees across the bank’s 16-member footprint, all seems set for the event to surpass its target of USD$550 000 this year. Over the last seven years the event has raised over USD$ 2.2million.
New walk executive co-chair Dan Wright is very excited about this year’s walk and predicts that it could be “our biggest walk ever!” He noted “it’s rare to find someone who’s life has not been touched by cancer either directly or indirectly and anything we can do to assist in finding a cure is time well spent”.
Mr. Wright who is also the bank’s Managing Director, Wealth Management noted that “CIBC First Caribbean has a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we work and live and it is an honor to be involved at the leadership level in Walk for the Cure 2019. I have been a regular participant and supporter of this event since arriving in Cayman, we have a very engaged team in Cayman and across the region and I look forward to our biggest walk ever!”
Fellow executive co-chair and Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking, Mark St. Hill said he was “humbled to be associated with the Walk for the Cure which continues to positively impact the communities we operate in helping so many individuals and families that are dealing with the scourge of cancer”.
The bank’s walk manager for Cayman Islands, Shadden McLaughlin stated “For the past 8 years, the efforts of these corporate partners coupled with the creative and tireless efforts of CIBC FirstCaribbean employees who engage in diverse fundraising activities and events have propelled the fundraising in excess of USD$250,000.00. All of which stays on the island.”
She added, “Cancer has touched everyone whether it be through a family member, colleague, friend or even their self. Together, we are all making a difference.”
The funds generated from the walk, which is held in partnership with cancer care organisations in each territory, are truly life changing. The funds are used primarily to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
They are also used to provide assistance, care and counselling to patients and their families as well as to raise awareness, and stress the importance of early detection, through education campaigns across the region.
Bedell Cristin formerly known as Solomon Harris donated USD$5,000 towards the 2019 Walk. Ian Jamieson, partner at Bedell Cristin said, "Walk for the Cure is an event that we have always supported and as a firm found very worthwhile to attend. When we received additional funds by way of a commission it was a no-brainer to pass the funds over to such a worthy cause."
Adults 12 years & older are KYD $20.00 to register while children ages 3 to 11 are KYD$10.00. 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. T-shirts included while supplies last.
Interested participants may register or drop off forms and payment on Saturday, September 18th between 2pm and 5pm at Foster’s Supermarket at the Strand, Wednesdays at Hurley’s Marketplace or at any of the four CIBC FirstCaribbean branches.
T-shirt collection is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th at the bank’s main street branch. Last minute registrations will be accepted between 10am and 3pm.