CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, the region’s largest cancer fundraiser, has again topped the US half million mark in fundraising for cancer causes across the English and Dutch Caribbean, it has been announced.
According to a release from the bank, last year the combined efforts of the various organizing committees, sponsors and participants in the 17 territories where the institution has a presence, raised a total of USD $512 367.39 in support of various cancer care and awareness charities.
The majority of this was in cash, with some sponsors donating services to assist with fund-raising, the release stated.
Additionally, there was a significant ‘uptick’ in the number of people taking part in the walk; 32,200 as opposed to 19,800 in 2017, it noted.
The release quoted Walk Co-Chair and CIBC FirstCaribbean Executive, Mark St. Hill as saying that he is delighted to report that the collective efforts have paid off handsomely again as this latest figure surpasses 2017’s total of just under USD$450 000.
In 2016 the event also surpassed the USD $500 000 mark but the adverse effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 led to the cancellation of walks in some territories and a consequent dip in funds raised, it was reported.
Last year’s figures bring the total number of funds raised in the past seven years to over USD $2.2 million.
Walk committees in each territory partner with local cancer charities which are the recipients of the funds raised in their respective territory.
The Faces of Cancer and the Saint Lucia Cancer Society are the recipients of a combined total of $75,000 which was raised from the initiative here.
All of the funds raised go to providing assistance, care and counselling to cancer patients and their families as well as to raise awareness through education campaigns across the region.
The funds also help the various organisations to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.