The CIBC FirstCaribbean’s collaboration with the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) in the fight against cancer is continuing with a further injection from the bank of J$1 million this month.
The funds were raised through the bank’s annual Walk For the Cure programme which has seen over J$23 million donated to the JCS over the past eight years.
Walk For The Cure has been the bank’s flagship activity and one of the Caribbean’s largest cancer fundraising and educational initiatives since it was launched in all 16 territories in which the bank operates in 2012.
Caribbean-wide, it has raised over US$2.2 million.
Nigel Holness, managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean Jamaica, noted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the now traditional ‘Walk’ in Kingston could not be held but had high praise for “the creative efforts of our employees, coupled with the support of corporate partners” through which “we were still able to raise funds for this noble cause”
Said Holness: “We are eternally grateful to everyone.”
The CIBC Jamaica managing director said “funds generated for Walk For The Cure, which is held in partnership with cancer care organisations in each territory, are primarily used to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, to provide assistance, care and counseling to patients and their families and to raise awareness and stress the importance of early detection through education campaigns”.