The COVID-19 pandemic this year forced the Antigua branches of CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank to hit the road in a completely different way for the ninth year of cancer awareness and fundraiser with a Drive for the Cure replacing the traditional Walk for the Cure.
Led first by a HI FI and Police outriders, approximately 100 vehicles moved off from the Sir Viv Richards Stadium at about 12.45 pm on Sunday, Oct. 4, and wended their way past Parham, along Jonas Road, through Buckleys and Swetes, down the All Saints Road to Independence Drive, Old Parham Road, Pigotts and ended back at the Stadium.
Prior to the start, the drivers and participants were addressed by Country Manager Ladesa James-Williams who thanked the participants for supporting this great initiative by CIBC FirstCaribbean to raise the awareness of cancer.
“Here at CIBC FirstCaribbean we are dedicated to continuing our campaign to raise the awareness of cancer and to support survivors and families. A few years ago we lost a staff member, Kathleen Parker to cancer so cancer and its effects are always up front in our minds. Finding a cure for cancer should be a very personal cause for all because everyone knows at least one person who has died from cancer or is a survivor.”
“This is our 9th year so we decided that Covid-19 was not going to derail our campaign and we opted for a Drive for the Cure instead of the Walk. Many thanks to Natasha Charles and the members of our Committee and staff, who worked tirelessly to ensure that this Drive was a success. Our thanks also to our sponsors, the Red Cross, the media especially Vybes FM and Digicel, ABS TV and the Police Traffic Department for their invaluable support.”
Balloons were released into the sky as a signal of hope prior to the start of the Drive.
Following the Drive, the public joined online to view the bank’s first ever Virtual Walk for the Cure and Concert of Hope, which featured top regional performers including Antigua’s Ricardo Drue.