Friday 4 December, 2020

Caribbean misses the mark for cancer walk funds

(L-R) Mark St Hill, CIBC First Caribbean; Donna Wellington, Managing Director Barbados Op Co; Dr Shirley Jhagroo, Cancer Society; John Marshall, Harris Paints Representative.

(L-R) Mark St Hill, CIBC First Caribbean; Donna Wellington, Managing Director Barbados Op Co; Dr Shirley Jhagroo, Cancer Society; John Marshall, Harris Paints Representative.

Despite being pleased with the turnout for this year's Walk for the Cure, Dr Shirley Jhagroo said she hopes more can be done to meet the intended mark next year. 

The 2019 Walk for the Cure in Barbados was able to reach US $100,000 with about 20,000 persons participating.

Dr Jhagroo, speaking at the cheque presentation for the event at Hilton Barbados, indicated the target for the Caribbean was set at US $500,000 and they came very close, making an estimated US $460,000 regionally.

Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean Barbados, Donna Wellington commended the Cancer Society for the work being done through Walk For The Cure and said the Bank is pleased to see how the event has grown to be the largest walk of its kind in the region.

"Just eight short years ago, when we did our Walk for the Cure and the Breast screening program did their walk, we had two small walks for basically the same cause. When we decided to bring these two walks together, little did we know that we would end up with what has now become the largest walk of its kind in the Caribbean with close to 20,000 people who come out to show their support for this worthwhile cause."

One of the main concerns expressed was that there was no longer a sponsor for T-shirts and this cost to purchase had offset the amount put towards the event itself. 

Another concern highlighted by Dr Jhagroo was about the acquisition of a 3D mammogram machine noting it will be challenging to purchase the equipment but the Barbados Cancer Society will push forward and be hopeful.

She added the positive work done by the Cancer Society in the last 19 years would not be possible without the support of CIBC First Caribbean.

In 2019, 52 new patients were diagnosed with breast cancer.

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