December 21, 2017
The National Cancer Society of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) recently got a major financial boost to aid in its life-saving work.
The society was presented with a cheque for $15,000, this year’s proceeds from the annual Walk for the Cure cancer awareness and fundraising campaign of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
Rosemary Jolly, President of the National Cancer Society, received the funds during a brief presentation ceremony at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Turks & Caicos Grace Bay branch.
Employees of the bank had pooled their efforts, time, and resources to host several fundraising initiatives for the campaign, including monthly bake sales from June to October. On the last Friday of each month, they baked sweet treats from scratch to sell to clients, donating the funds collected to the cause. Clients were also invited to donate through coin bottle drives at various branches.
Jolly expressed how important support for the National Cancer Society is and what it means to them: “The annual support from CIBC FirstCaribbean means giving us the ability to continue to assist cancer patients here in the Turks & Caicos. The number of people being diagnosed with cancer continues to grow, and we the Cancer Society realize that the demand on us grows as well.
“These funds are so welcome because they allow us to continue to work and champion the cause for which we were established, which is to enhance and contribute to the wellbeing of people here in the Turks & Caicos that are facing the disease.”
Larry Lawrence, Country Head for CIBC FirstCaribbean in TCI, shared appreciation for everyone that helped to make the bank’s campaign a success.
“We received so much support from everyone we invited to participate in our Walk for the Cure initiatives this year. We’re extremely grateful for the immense support that we received; especially in light of the two major hurricanes we experienced recently that we’re still recovering from. I’m especially proud of the unceasing efforts of our staff members who go to great lengths to ensure that this campaign is a success each year,” he said.
Walk for the Cure was launched by CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2012 as a regional version of CIBC’s annual Run for the Cure cancer fundraising initiative. In ensuing years the bank has raised close to $60,000 in Turks & Caicos and over USD $1.3 million across the Caribbean. All proceeds are donated to cancer charities in the countries where CIBC FirstCaribbean operates.
The National Cancer Society of the Turks & Caicos Islands has been a beneficiary of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure campaign for several years. This year, they received $15,000 to help them in their life-saving mission of assisting those who are faced with cancer in the Turks & Caicos. Left to right: Elena Patrick, National Cancer Society PR Director; Larry Lawrence, CIBC FirstCaribbean Country Head (TCI); Rosemary Jolly, President of the National Cancer Society.
About CIBC FirstCaribbean
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is a relationship-bank offering a full range of market-leading financial services through our Corporate and Investment Banking, Retail, Business & International Banking and Wealth Management segments. We are located in 17 countries around the Caribbean, providing the banking services through approximately 3,000 employees, in 80 branches and offices. CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group of Companies. For more information about CIBC FirstCaribbean, visit www.cibcfcib.com