Cycling For Sobriety

Cycling For Sobriety

UPDATE ~ Mat finished his cross country BMX bike ride on Oct 9th, 2019 in Victoria, BC. On Oct 8th, 2019, the Foundations pink firetruck escorted Mat through the downtown Eastside to inner Vancouver. New photos and articles on the bottom of this page. Congratulations Mat! 

Mat is attempting to set a world record for longest BMX bike ride. If successful, He will be the first person in the world to bike across Canada on a single speed BMX bike.

Mat left Halifax on May 1 and as of Aug 4 he is now in Ignac, Ontario. The finish line will be the Parliament Building in Victoria B.C. He is ‘Cycling For Sobriety” to create awareness for Recovery and Addiction. 

Mat’s Bio
I was born in Duncan on Vancouver Island. As a child I lived my life on bikes. I learned to ride without training wheels at 3 and you couldn’t get me off my bike. My Dad, my superhero, talented at cycling and mechanics, taught me how to fix bikes. My Dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 6 years old and from that day forward my life changed.
I moved to Terrace BC, when I was 7. I rode bikes trying to make friends. Some of these kids were older and they sexually abused and tortured me. I tried to hang myself at 8 to end my pain and confusion. Not long after my parents divorced. I blamed myself. My parents were going through a lot and as they tried to find solid ground, my sister and I were sent to live at a teacher’s house from our Christian school. I began to disconnect and people remarked that something was wrong with me.
In my teenage years I became an outcast. My social behaviors were odd. I wanted acceptance so badly that I started partying and hanging around with the wrong crowd. Hard drugs and drinking became my life at age 15. I lost a close friend and unable to process the pain of that loss in a healthy manner I simply did more drugs. I crashed my truck due to mixing drugs and medications. My mental health became negatively affected. I would hear voices and people were not there. I tried to hang myself off the Kelowna Bridge and a random stranger saved me.
My relationship with drugs and alcohol was torture – I was running from the same thing I was chasing. I lost my job, overdosed and ended up in the hospital.
While in the hospital my mom showed me a news clip about the John Volken Academy. All I heard was long term. I was sold because I knew I didn’t know how to live. Once I was through the doors of the John Volken Academy I felt safe. After 3 months I experienced great personal growth. It is not easy living in a Therapeutic Community, but it works. I learned to stay grounded and present within my body and my periods of blackouts lessened. I learned about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and finally at the age of 30 I got answers to why I mentally and emotionally suffered.
At the one-year mark I suffered more flashbacks. Through deeper trauma therapy, the teachings of the program and a lot of personal work I again experienced a surge of personal growth. This was a turning point for me. One day I saw students sitting around laughing and I was happy that they were happy. I began to make friends and learned to connect in a healthy manner.

Riding my BMX across Canada is a dream I’ve had from 7 years old. Now the dream is a reality. I want everyone to know you can change your life – sobriety is possible!

Our Surrey Impact

Our Surrey Impact

There is nowhere throughout Surrey, B.C where you will not find the impact of Rick’s Heart Foundation, we are passionate about local Community. 

Rick’s Heart Foundation recognizes the dire impact of poverty, particularly on children and the long ranging affects it can have on their future years. In Surrey we have a 29% poverty rate.  That means that thousands of children go to school every single day hungry.  How can a child learn when the pain of hunger is rumbling in their tiny stomachs, it is impossible.

The 2016 B.C. Child Poverty Report Card reveals that 23,480 children live in poverty in Surrey. That’s a child poverty rate of approximately 21 per cent, higher than the national average of 18.5.

When you take your children or grandchildren to a park and see an equipment box filled with items to use at the park – that is yet just another program Sponsored by the Foundation. 

Rick’s Heart Foundation is sponsoring Backpack Buddies at LA Mathieson School – this project will ensure that dozens of children go home every weekend with a backpack of food to see them through the weekend.  No child in anywhere should go to bed hungry.

The Rick’s Heart Foundations is a proud and active sponsor to the Boys and Girls Club. And well as the Naskarz Program. Naskarz founded by Tim Houchen of the VPD has become an award winning program designed to promote inclusivity of young people who have struggled with past risky behaviors and give them the opportunity to actively engage in automotive, social and educational activities. 

We have the second highest overdose death rate next to Vancouver in all of Canada.  The impact of addiction impacts every one of us.  We have a medical and social crisis impacting our Country.  Whether it is a loved one struggling with this horrific disease, or a friend or neighbor, the impact affects us all.  In our homes, on our streets, in our workplace and on our highways.

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’

But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

―Martin Luther King Jr.

Rick’s Heart Foundation is a huge advocate and supporter of the John Volken Academy in Newton.  JVA has been instrumental in helping young adults struggling with the disease of addiction and giving those individuals the tools to live the wonderful lives they deserve and with the necessary academic and employment skills to lead healthy and independent lives.

Those currently battling addiction or going through a rough patch, Rick’s Heart Foundation is a vocal supporter by donating over 100,000 healthy breakfasts through Surrey Urban Mission in Whalley. As well as supporting several accredited Recovery Programs.

We have recently completed a pilot project with the Non-Profit Long Term Seniors Care Home – Kinsman Lodge in Surrey.   Through this project Rick’s Heart Foundation supplied noise cancelling headsets and IPods though out the facility.  Each IPod is contains the music that means something to each elder. It is particularly therapeutic to those elders struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Music is profoundly linked to personal memories.  Our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memories.  Research has found that a daily “dose” of one’s favourite songs is effective in decreasing anxiety, agitation, altercations and can even improve swallowing, attentiveness and a willingness to accept care.

We have offered this gift of music to 10 long-term senior care homes though out Surrey including every Non-Profit.  Our goal is to have this project completed and enjoyed by our deserving elders in these care homes before the end of 2019.

Supporting Homeless Shelters through Soap For Hope partnership, bringing much needed hygiene supplies and bedding.

Rick Diamond of Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation loves Surrey.  It is a community he gives back to every single day in gratitude.

Together we can help those struggling in our community.

Liberia Ambulance Update

Liberia Ambulance Update

The ambulance has been very active since it arrived in Liberia earlier this year. From Cross Country life saving trips too newborn Emergencies. We are so grateful for this partnership with Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation and Diamond Delivery. Together we are able to make this incredible impact on the lives of those living in Liberia, Africa.

Recently the Ministry of Health used the donated ambulance to take a 3 week old baby to Conakry, Guinea (676 kilometers and 12 hours of travel time) from Monrovia, Liberia through Sierra Leone. The baby was accompanied by 4 EMTs and one respiratory therapist from the Emergency Medical Response team to a children’s NICU there.

Here are few photos from the journey. 

Video catching the Ambulance in action at The JFK Hospital in Liberia

Boat For Hope

Boat For Hope

Rick’s Heart Foundation and Diamond Delivery were proud to be the Food & Beverage Sponsor of the 2019 Boat For Hope by Variety, BC.

What is Boat For Hope?

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where healthcare ends to directly support children who have special needs and their families in British Columbia. Every year, Variety receives over 1,300 requests for financial assistance to cover therapies, mobility and communication equipment, drug prescriptions, and out-of-town accommodation expenses during medical emergencies.

The Variety Boat for Hope event began in 1999; bringing together fundraising and fun while providing a one-of-a-kind boating experience to children who have special needs. They are proud to have hosted over 5,000 kids on the water and raised over $1.5 million dollars for Variety.

Raising Funds and Ship Sails…

Variety once again took to the high seas to provide 900 children who have special needs – from three communities – to an unforgettable day of boating and adventure. This year’s event was Saturday, June 8th in Vancouvre, BC.

The Variety Boat for Hope was a fun-filled day on the water, where children lived out their best pirate adventure. Kids of all ages hunted for treasure; filled their loot bags; and experienced life as it is meant to be…fun and exciting! The day was capped-off with a hearty barbecue, children’s activities and live entertainment.

The Variety Boat for Hope is about more than just a day in the sun. Through the generous support of local skippers, the business community, and heart-filled volunteers, funds are raised for the two months leading up to the event. Our corporate and community partners donate funds, products and employees’ time to help make Boat for Hope a one-of-a-kind experience for BC children and their families.

Enjoy this video of the incredible day!