Team CIBC encourages Canadians to Think Pink and sign up for the CBCF CIBC Run for the Cure
TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) - CIBC employees across Canada are proudly wearing pink today to show their passion for creating a future without breast cancer. Today's celebration in Commerce Court is part of a nation-wide "Think Pink" week from September 10 to 14 to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage people to register for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on September 30. The focus today was on leading a healthy and active lifestyle as a preventative step towards reducing the risk of developing breast cancer, a disease that affects not only those diagnosed with it, but friends, family and the community at large. An inspiring speech was given by Silvana Henneman, a 12-year breast cancer survivor and Assistant Branch Manager of the Stone Road Branch in Guelph. Attendees also enjoyed healthy gourmet food, as well as prizes and giveaways from several sponsors. Guests were encouraged to sign up for the Run, Canada's largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer. Lending their support to the Toronto event were Gerry McCaughey, CIBC President and Chief Executive Officer, and Sonia Baxendale, CIBC Senior Executive Vice President of Retail Markets, as well as the volunteer CIBC run champions. "CIBC is committed to supporting breast cancer research, education and awareness," says Sonia Baxendale, "I am very proud of the thousands of CIBC employees who join in the ranks of their fellow Canadians in more than 50 communities from coast-to-coast, as they participate in one of the most successful fundraising events of the year." Other national sponsors at the Toronto event included Ford of Canada, Running Room Canada Inc., McCain Foods (Canada) Ltd., and New Balance. About Think Pink Week "Think Pink" week is a promotional week held each year in mid-September to raise awareness for the CIBC Run for the Cure. CIBC employees celebrate the bank's volunteer spirit with a week of fundraising events and activities encouraging Canadians to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure or to make a donation. About the CIBC Run for the Cure Our largest employee fundraising activity, this is the country's premier fundraising event dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. In 2006, more than 170,000 participants raised over $26 million for the cause. The CIBC Run for the Cure is an extraordinary single-day experience that unites more than 170,000 Canadians in 53 communities across the country. Together, we are raising millions of dollars to fund innovative and relevant breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs in the communities where you live. About CIBC CIBC is a leading North American financial institution. Through its two distinct business lines, CIBC Retail Markets and CIBC World Markets, CIBC provides a full range of products and services to more than 11 million individual and small business clients. About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national volunteer- based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. The Foundation works collaboratively to fund, support, and advocate for: relevant and innovative breast cancer research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer. For more information, visit www.cbcf.org.
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