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Run for the cure

The runners are off!

More than 700 staff members, their friends and families turned out at the Garrison Savannah yesterday in the first ever walk and run put on by the Bank in Barbados to create awareness for the fight against Cancer.

These staffers and friends joined thousands from around the Caribbean and in Canada, all part of the CIBC family who marked the occasion with either walks or runs in their respective territories.

Kevin and Christian in Barbados lost a parent to cancer. Keturah in the Bahamas and Shadden in Grand Cayman walked for loved ones lost, while Sharon in Antigua celebrated her mother’s triumph over cancer. Throughout the 17 countries where CIBC FirstCaribbean operates, the inaugural “CIBC FirstCaribbean walk to support the fight against cancer was an historic event.

Building on the 16 years during which its parent company, CIBC, has been at the forefront of supporting research to find a cure for cancer through its title sponsorship of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure, CIBC FirstCaribbean organised this year’s event in the Caribbean as an activity for its staff, their friends and family, with plans to partner with organizations supporting those affected by cancer to open the event to the public from 2013.

The bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Rik Parkhill, and members of the bank’s Senior Executive Team, joined staff around the region for the special walks.

Parkhill noted: “Finding a cure for cancer is a very personal cause for me. I have lost many friends and relatives, young and old, to the disease. My mother is the latest member of my family to wage a battle against cancer. Our participation in the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for a Cure is important in terms of increasing awareness of the disease; raising funds for cancer care, treatment and research; showing support for cancer survivors; and remembering those who have passed.

More han 3,000 CIBC FirstCaribbean employees, friends and family in the Caribbean joined more than 13,000 employees, family and friends of Team CIBC in 60 different Run sites across Canada – who will take part in Canada’s CIBC Run for the Cure, uniting employees of the CIBC group of companies in the common cause.

In Barbados, there was a 1K walk around the Garrison Savannah and a 5K run that took participants from the Garrison, across Dalkeith and Culloden Road, down Lower Collymore Rock and River Road through Probyn Street and back to the Garrison via Bay Street.

Following the walk and run here in Barbados, there was a n mini health fair featuring the Fitness Bunnies and a Wuk up Work out exercise class with Evy Bentham and his team. Those taking part also had the unique opportunity to witness a Sunday performance of the Changing of the Guard at the historic Main Guard of the Garrison.

Employees also gave donations to go towards the work of the Barbados Cancer Society and the Breast Screening programme and the funds collected will be matched by CIBC FirstCaribbean’s charitable foundation. Employees were joined by Members of the Brest Screening programme and Dr. Shirley Jhagroo and her team who walked the route while Dr. Dorothy Cooke Johnson was on hand to give out information and talk to participants about cancer.

Parkhill added: “We see this as an integral part of CIBC First Caribbean’s continuing commitment to be engaged with the real issues facing our clients and their communities. By becoming personally involved in the event, by showing up and walking or running, together we can each demonstrate that CIBC FirstCaribbean’s commitment to the Caribbean is about more than handing over a donation.”

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