Neither rain nor the threat of rain could stop the intrepid hikers as they set off along the trails at the Wallings Nature Park. This was the start of one of the pre-events in the build-up to the eleventh anniversary edition of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure.

Last Saturday 30th April, the bank hosted Hike for the Cure at the Wallings Nature Reserve. 151 persons registered for the hike.

Natasha Charles, one of the bank’s organisers said that the idea of this hike started last year as due to the restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic, a way had to be found to maintain the focus on the well-known cancer walk.

“We are so happy that with the apparent waning of Covid, things will return to normal so that we will once again be able to host our Walk for the Cure as usual. We will be hosting a number of events which, in addition to being fundraisers, will also help to create interest for the main event which is the Walk for the Cure to be held in early October.

Ms. Charles thanked all those who participated in the Hike especially the larger groups from Sagicor Life and General, Galley Bay and A.S. Bryden & Sons which registered the largest group of 40 hikers and also provided Milo beverages and snacks for the hikers.

The region’s largest cancer fundraiser, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, celebrates 11 years this year.

Walk for the Cure began as part of the celebrations to mark the bank’s 10th anniversary, and takes place across its 16-member footprint. It has raised millions of dollars over the past ten years.

The funds generated from the walk are used primarily to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

They 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.

Photos: Hikers at the Wallings Nature Reserve.


About CIBC FirstCaribbean

CIBC FirstCaribbean is a relationship bank offering a full range of market leading financial services through our Corporate and Investment Banking, Retail and Business Banking and Wealth Management segments. We are located in sixteen (16) countries around the Caribbean, providing the banking services through approximately 2,900 employees in 64 branches and offices. We are one of the largest regionally listed financial services institutions in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, with US$12 billion in assets and market capitalization of US$2 billion. We also have a representative office in Hong Kong providing business development, relationship management and fund administration.

CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets – CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world.

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