Burger King supports Walk for the Cure for second year
Burger King General Manager, Ryan Walters and FirstCaribbean Treasurer and Walk Manager, Krystle Maynard, discussing plans for this Sunday’s Walk for the Cure.
Burger King is lending its support to the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure which comes off this Sunday, October 1, to raise funds for the Barbados Cancer Society’s Breast Screening Programme.
Ryan Walters, Burger King’s General Manager, explained that this is the second year the company is supporting the Walk, “We decided to get involved last year because we recognized the significance of the event in fighting this dreaded disease in Barbados. We believe it is extremely important to raise funds for this cause but it is equally as important to raise awareness, which the Walk for the Cure has been doing.
“It was a great first year for us and we were extremely pleased to see the large number of persons who also came out to support the cause. We knew this was an activity we would definitely support again in 2017 as we at Burger King are very aware that breast cancer affects the society as a whole – from those diagnosed, to their spouses, family and friends. We all know someone who has, in some way, been touched by this disease and that the journey is not an easy one.
“We are told this year’s funds will go towards assisting women who are unable to meet the costs associated with testing, which we fully support. So we want to encourage Barbadians to come out in their numbers again this year and join us as we support the Walk for the Cure – let us exceed last year’s participation together.”
Krystle Maynard, Treasurer – FirstCaribbean and Walk Manager, thanked the restaurant for the donation and noted that it was greatly appreciated. She said, “We are happy to have Burger King on board for the second year. This is the sixth year for the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure and the fifth year in which we are partnering as title sponsor with the Barbados Cancer Society Breast Screening Programme.
“The Walk remains one of the bank’s most important community outreach activities on our Corporate Social Responsibility calendar. Our people, our women are this region’s greatest resource and we are determined to continue the mission to fight this disease which impacts too many of our women – our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces and sisters. Raising awareness, championing early detection and making life just a little more comfortable for those with cancer, their families and caregivers is what our walk must always be about.”
Maynard explained that in addition to the walk, the bank’s staff members have also been hosting a number of fundraising efforts since April this year including cake sales, denim day, a flea market, breakfast sales, a Fitness for the Cure challenge, Paint for the Cure and a cricket match planned for October.
“Last year we surpassed our target of $100,000 here in Barbados and we were pleased to hand over a cheque for $233,000 to the Barbados Cancer Society. This year we have already collected $130,800 thanks to the Local and Regional sponsors who have come on board and lots of creative ideas for fund raising,” she added.
Registration for this year’s Walk for the Cure can be done at the Barbados Cancer Society Breast Screening Programme.