About Rick’s Heart Foundation
My one fear is that we didn’t do enough. We have to do more.
Rick’s Heart Foundation leads and funds programs to reach those who are marginalized by poverty, addiction, personal crises, and isolation. Learn Rick’s story and discover the beating heart of the Foundation.
If I could, I’d rip my heart out and
put it on the page
“When we’re called to help, nothing will get in the way — we will turn worlds upside down because we cannot be complacent about the lives of human beings.
If I could, I’d rip my heart out and put it on the page, so that compassion could be truly felt.”
Rick’s Heart for Homelessness and Addiction
Rick explains, “We go up to people and say, ‘What do you want to do with your life?’
Rick’s Heart for the Isolated
We weren’t allowed in the homes and the seniors were locked down inside. So, we brought music to them, starting with a small, local seniors care centre that had been hit very hard with 14 or 15 deaths in just a few days.
Overnight, we see the music program change the atmosphere in seniors’ centres. It reignites their spirits.
Rick’s Heart for Poverty
“Each of us must have compassion.
If it’s not compassion for a street girl or for someone with schizophrenia, then care about someone in Africa or Nicaragua,” says Rick.
“In Canada, we have lots of cash sitting on corporate balance sheets. And yet, one in ten people in Canada are living in total poverty — and that’s just in our wealthy country.”
And internationally, 10 percent of humanity lives in extreme poverty.
“It’s a morality issue,” says Rick. “We as individuals and collectively have the power to end suffering. We cannot stand by and let it continue.”
Business With A Purpose:
Rick’s Heart & Diamond Delivery
“When I meet my Maker, it won’t be enough to say that I built a business and made millions. My goal is to die with as little money left as possible but leave a legacy of compassion.”
In addition to funding the Foundation and providing many local jobs for those living in Surrey, Diamond Delivery’s supply chain network and expertise equips us with a capacity that possibly no other charity has.
“We can get almost anything, almost anywhere,” says Rick.
Organizations reach out with donations that are hard to deliver and otherwise would never reach communities in need.
“In business, I could never step back and say, ‘That’s someone else’s problem’ and it’s like that with the Foundation, too. I don’t sit in a big office and write cheques. I’m on the ground with the people on the street, with the workers in the care homes, with the firefighters on the international relief missions.”
With our hearts and our time
we can each make a difference.
Let yourself feel the need around you. Let it consume your life until you must make a difference.
Give of what you have, whether of your awareness and compassion, your time or your resources.
Donations to Rick’s Heart Foundation can be designated to support any of our programs or given unrestricted.