Two devastating hurricanes slowed down but could not derail the fundraising momentum of the region’s largest cancer care and awareness event.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria curtailed fundraising activities and caused the cancellation of walks in five of 17 English and Dutch speaking territories where CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank holds its annual Walk for the Cure activities.
Despite that setback, the hard work of hundreds of volunteers from across the bank in partnership with various cancer care organisations and over 160 corporate sponsors, raised a just over USD$450 000.This brings the total funds raised through this initiative over the past six years to USD$1.75 million.
Walks took place across the Dutch and English speaking Caribbean where the bank has a presence except for Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands, which were hardest hit by the hurricanes.
Thousands took to the streets primarily on the first weekend in October, dressed in white or pink T-shirts to walk and run to raise awareness of the various cancers and their impact on families.
Executive Co-Chairs of the walk Mark St. Hill and Trevor Torzsas praised efforts of staff, volunteers and corporate sponsors for their “phenomenal fundraising efforts again this year which will save lives, provide care and raise awareness”.