Post Secondary Challenge raises nearly $470,000 for breast cancer
NANAIMO, BC, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) today
announced Vancouver Island University student Robyn Dimock as the top
BC/Yukon 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 Cure.
"Congratulations to Robyn for her 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 Robyn with a
$10,000 CIBC Education award to help her with her post secondary
The Vancouver Island University student is one of 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
"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
"I participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for
the Cure because breast cancer is a disease that has affected members
of my family," said Ms. Dimock. "My grandma was diagnosed twice with
breast cancer and is an inspiring person with the strength she showed
during her treatments. She is a survivor and has been cancer free since
2004. I wanted to raise money for this cause to help find a cure for
this horrific disease that has affected so many.
"When I found out that I won the CIBC Education Award, I was in shock.
It almost didn't feel like it was real. As I am in my fourth year of
University, with one year left before achieving my Bachelor of
Education, this money will help with tuition and books for these last
two years of school. I am extremely grateful to be awarded a prize that
is a part of such a great cause."
"Our congratulations go to Robyn for this great achievement and award,
and our thanks for her commitment to a future without breast cancer,"
says Talea Pecora, Director, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -
BC/Yukon Region. "And thank you to our title sponsor, CIBC, for
building on our partnership with this exciting new initiative. It is so
important to create awareness about breast cancer and breast health
among young people and the Post Secondary Challenge is a great way to
not only do just that, but also to increase the fundraising that
supports the cause."
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.
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Media contact: Kevin Dove, Senior Director, External Communications & Media Relations, 416-980-8835.