Walk for the Cure – our crusade in the Caribbean against cancer.
Walk for the Cure has become the FirstCaribbean ComTrust Foundation’s flagship activity and one of the Caribbean’s largest cancer fundraising and educational initiatives raising over USD$3.5 million over the past decade.
It has attracted thousands of walkers from The Bahamas in the North to Trinidad in the South and the 10 other territories in between which make up the bank’s regional footprint. The walk has spawned a regional network of sponsors which has grown with each year of the event.
The efforts of these corporate partners coupled with the creative and tireless efforts of hundreds of CIBC Caribbean employees who engage in diverse fundraising activities and events have propelled the fundraising from a modest USD$30 000 at the inception of the walk 12 years ago to the impressive USD$500,000 raised in 2022 despite the fact that not all countries held events last year.
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.
The funds 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.