Post Secondary Challenge raises nearly $470,000 for breast cancer
MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) today
announced Concordia University student Dalia Bosis as the top Quebec
Region fundraiser in the Post Secondary Challenge. The Challenge
inspired Canada's college and university students to raise nearly
$470,000 for breast cancer research, education, awareness and advocacy
through the 2011 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the
McGill University student Beatrice Britneff was also named among the top
10 national student fundraisers.
"Congratulations to Dalia and Beatrice for their commitment to raising
funds for breast cancer," said Christina Kramer, CIBC Executive
Vice-President and the bank's National Run Champion. "CIBC is thrilled
to present them with awards of $10,000 each to help them with their
The two Quebec students are among 15 post secondary students from across
Canada to receive the $10,000 CIBC Education Awards presented to the
top 10 student fundraisers nationally and to the top student fundraiser
in each of the five Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation regions.
"This year, as CIBC marked our 15th anniversary as the title sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, we were very proud to present the
Post Secondary Challenge in partnership with the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation," added Ms. Kramer. "Our hope is to raise awareness of
breast cancer among Canada's diverse student population, and motivate
as many young people as possible to raise funds for a very important
"For five years now I have participated in the Weekend to End Breast
Cancer. I decided to try something new this year because breast cancer
is a cause that is very important to me—and very close to my heart,"
said Ms. Bosis. "I know a few women fighting the multiple challenges of
this terrible disease, and I consider myself very fortunate to be
healthy. Since I have strong fundraising skills—it's perhaps what I do
best--I want to do my part to make a difference. It's really the very
least that I can do.
"I was pleasantly shocked to find out that I had won the CIBC Education
Award. I am so grateful and humbled to be rewarded for doing a good
deed that I would have done anyway! I will definitely put this money to
good use. Thank you, CIBC and organizers!"
"The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is proud to be part of the Post
Secondary Challenge for the first year in 2011," said Nathalie Boudreau
- Director, Business Development, QBCF. "On behalf of QBCF, I would
like to congratulate all students from Montreal, Quebec City and
Sherbrooke that generously gave their time and energy to raise funds
for this great cause. Their dedication illustrates this generation's
commitment to getting involved in the community and we are confident
that they will continue to make an impact all year long."
The Post Secondary Challenge encouraged students to participate in a way that was both meaningful
and fun, while building awareness of the importance of taking steps to
reduce the risk of breast cancer by leading healthy lifestyles.
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure
Since 1992, the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for
the Cure remains the largest, single-day, volunteer-led national event
in support of creating a future without breast cancer. In 2011, close
to 170,000 participants raised $30 million to fund innovative breast
cancer research, education and awareness programs. For more
information, visit www.cbcf.org.
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients,
employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in
communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer
spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on Kids, Cures and
Community, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's
Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic
development of communities across the country. In 2010, $33.7 million
was contributed through the CIBC group of companies to charitable and
non-profit initiatives in Canada, supporting a wide variety of
national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.communitymatters.cibc.com.
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - 25 Years of Progress
For the last 25 years, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has been at
the forefront of a nation-wide movement to raise awareness and mobilize
action on breast cancer. Today, the Foundation is the leading
organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast
cancer. Since 1986, from coast to coast, we have invested over $248
million to fund vital research and community health grants that have
led progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and
care. Visit cbcf.org and join the movement.
SOURCE Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
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