Foundation receives much-needed boost from bank’s donation
From the CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis – A local cancer support organisation recently received a much-needed financial boost to support its life-saving work in the federation.
During a brief handing-over ceremony last month at its headquarters in Basseterre, Business Support Officer Jewel Wattley of CIBC FirstCaribbean presented a cheque for E.C. $33,000 to a A Time for Us Foundation.
The funds were raised as part of the bank’s annual “Walk for the Cure” initiative held Nov. 5, 2017, which drew hundreds in a show of solidarity toward cancer fighting initiatives in the federation.
The bank’s country manager, Andre Cadogan, lauded the organization and the tremendous impact it has had in not only raising awareness of cancer in the federation, but also its ability to raise significant funds toward fighting the disease.
He emphasized the bank’s long-term commitment to the initiative, adding that “as a corporate famil, we are sensitive to the needs of those affected by this disease. Therefore, we are proud to partner with those in the fight against cancer,” he said.
Mickey Wintraub, councilor of the foundation, expressed gratitude to the bank, corporate sponsors and all who contributed to the cause. “I wish to express our appreciation and gratitude to FCIB for its continued support,” he said. “FCIB is truly making a significant and substantial difference. The cancer patients that we were able to help in 2017 with the assistance of FCIB are doing well, including a 31-year-old unemployed mother of three who needed radiation treatment. Without treatment, she was unlikely to see her 35th birthday.”
He also used the opportunity to implore all stakeholders to be proactive in addressing the lack of awareness and lack of resources to fight the deadly disease.
Also present were representatives from the various corporate sponsors and contributors whose generosity coupled with the hard work of the Walk for the Cure Committee accounted for the funds raised.
Corporate partners this year included the following:
- Gold Sponsors – Rams and SKNVibes
- Silver Sponsors – Royal Beach Casino and Kajola Kristada Limited
- Bronze Sponsors – Mitchum and Benjamin Legal Chambers and Delta Petroleum
- Event contributors – T.D.C.
The “Walk for the Cure” was one of many similar events that took place in the month of November across CIBC FirstCaribbean territories in the Caribbean and in Canada. The bank’s parent companyo held its annual Run for the Cure, which has raised millions during the past two decades in support of cancer research.