Like many organizations and individuals throughout the country, the minds of Bahamians are attuned to cancer awareness and making a difference.
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s (FCIB) branches were among them.
On Jan.26, FCIB Abaco Bank Manager Iris Henchell and Charlotte Collins, FCIB employee, presented a cheque of $9,277 to Barbara Johnson, president of the Abaco Cancer Society.
During the month of October 2015, employees of First Caribbean engaged themselves in fundraising activities to raise funds for those affected by cancer. Although the Abaco branch was unable to do their Walk for the Cure event last year, the employees held two bake sales collecting well over $500 at each one.
Collins outlined an extensive list of individuals and local businesses that donated money directly or assisted with the bake sale in any way. Among the donors were Abaco Ice, Island Delight, Marsh Harbour Exporters & Importers Ltd., Standard Hardware, Man-O-War Hardware, Robert’s Hardware out of Green Turtle Cay, Dave and Madeline Albury, Mr. and Mrs. Cassidy Roberts, Pamela Bethel, Christopher Lightbourn and Stafford Patterson.
FCIB employees also spearheaded a “Spare Coin” drive encouraging customers to get involved by donating their loose change to the cause. Between June to October, employees also wore jeans with a different colour shirt depicting the different forms of cancer every Friday.
In the end, Abaco’s First Caribbean branch placed second among the bank’s branches with the funds they collected, and additional funds were added to the amount they raised locally. The funds were then distributed to various charitable organizations who assist cancer patients.
Collins was pleased that they were able to exceed what was raised last year. She also acknowledged the help of her colleagues namely Juanyette Curry, who took the lead, as well as Neisha Smith.
On behalf of the Abaco Cancer Society, Johnson expressed her gratitude for the donation that greatly assists in transporting patients off island for treatments and medication.
Collins added she was happy to be a part of the fundraising because she had an aunt who died several years ago. She said her aunt was greatly assisted by the Abaco Cancer Society, so she knows firsthand the good the Abaco Cancer Society does within the Abaco community.