TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Approximately 10,000 CIBC employees, family
members and friends joined 160,000 other Canadians in 53 communities from
coast to coast on Sunday to walk or run in support of the fight against breast
Between them, CIBC employees raised $2.7 million - or 10 per cent of the
total $26.5 million in funds collected in this year's Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. In addition, thousands of CIBC employees
lent their support through organizing events, participating on Run committees
and helping out on Run day.
"CIBC employees have adopted the Run as one of their most strongly
supported causes because they are committed to creating a future without
breast cancer," said Sonia Baxendale, Senior Executive Vice President, Retail
CIBC has helped to raise more than $170 million for the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, beginning with the bank's support for
the inaugural event in 1992. Sunday, September 30, 2007 marked the 16th annual
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and CIBC's 11th year
as title sponsor of this event. The 2008 event will take place on Oct. 5 next
In addition to the bank's support for the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation, CIBC has committed more than $5 million in breast cancer funding
directly to hospitals and research centres over the past five years.
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to its clients,
employees and communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through
corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees.
With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee
commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run
for the Cure, the CIBC World Markets Children's Foundation and the United Way,
CIBC is investing in the social and economic development of communities across
the country. In 2006, the CIBC group of companies contributed more than
$36 million globally to charitable organizations and non-profit initiatives.
Of this, $28 million was invested in Canada to support national, regional and
For further information:
For further information: Rob McLeod, CIBC, (416) 980-3714