The Dominica Cancer Society will benefit from funds collected from CIBC First Caribbean’s Walk for the Cure.
CIBC First Caribbean’s Walk for the Cure is the region’s largest cancer fundraiser has again topped the US half million dollar mark in fundraising for cancer causes across the English and Dutch Caribbean.
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.
Last year the combined efforts of the various organizing committees, sponsors and participants in the 17 territories where the bank 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.
Additionally, there was a significant uptick in the number of people taking part in the walk. There were 32,200 people who participated as opposed to 19,800 in 2017.
In 2016 the event also surpassed the USD $500 000 mark but the adverse effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 led to the cancellation of walks in some territories and a consequent dip in funds raised.
Walk committees in each territory partner with local cancer charities which are the recipients of the funds raised in their respective territory.
The Dominica Cancer Society will benefit from funds collected locally of EC$ 9,859.37.