2nd Ambulance to Africa

2nd Ambulance to Africa

Diamond Delivery and Ricks Heart Foundation are grateful to be able to support Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation. Being able to help bring Emergency Vehicles and training to health care professionals is incredible. This ambulance is specifically going to help women in labor. Many lives are being saved because of Korle- Bu and all they do. We look forward to the arrival of this latest ambulance to Liberia.

Statistics and Facts

  • Africa accounts for a big chunk of global maternal deaths. In 2013 about 289,000 women worldwide died during pregnancy or childbirth, and of those deaths 62% occurred in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Poverty fuels maternal mortality, experts say, which explains why death rates are higher in poor countries than in rich ones. “For mothers as well as for their infants, the risk of dying during or shortly after birth is 20% to 50% higher for the poorest…than for the richest quintile,” states a report by UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund. To put this into perspective, in Chad, just 1% of the poorest pregnant women get antenatal care, compared with 48% of wealthy women. 

    Rick’s Heart Foundation believes money should have nothing to do with healthcare or support for anyone. Along with the Ambulance, training will be provided for the Paramedics in Liberia. This training is critical for the Ambulances success in delivering babies safely. It is great to see direct support for individuals in Africa, this is why we continue to support Korle-Bu.

Karl Gillies and wife (far left), President of Diamond Delivery at the send-off for the Ambulance

Global NEWS

Vehicle used to deliver B.C. patients will now help deliver babies on the other side of the world

Heart For Music Expansion

Heart For Music Expansion

Rick’s Heart Foundation Heart For Music Program first began in February 2019 at Kinsmen Lodge. With the program being so successful this year the Foundation decided to expand the Program.

In November 2019 Kinsmen Lodge hosted a party to celebrate the Program expanding to four new care homes. The event brought much joy, laughter, and new memories to all in attendance. From live music, delicious cake, custom cookies, the pink firetruck, Global NEWS, beautiful gifts presented to the foundation and so much more.

Was a wonderful event ~ Thank You to all involved

This Program would not be possible without the hard work of the following individuals:

June ~ Foundation Volunteer with one of the kindest and giving hearts

Leisa ~ Making this Program a reality

ALL the amazing Staff at the Care Homes


The Care Homes loved the fun of receiving and opening the Program’s start-up gift.



The following care homes have now been added to the Heart For Music Program:

  • Elim Village

  • Zion Park

  • KinVillage

  • Czorny Alzheimer Centre

“I believe in the power

of music. It brings people

out of themselves.

It brings them alive in a

really special way.”

– Sheila Harry,

Kinsmen Lodge

Each Care Home received a Heart For Music Program startup gift

  • MacBook Pro
  • iPod Touch 32 GB
  • Wireless Around-ear Headphones and Wired headphones
  • iPod protector cases
  • Sanitary Headphone covers
  • Charging adaptors and Apple Adaptor cord
  • Individual MP3 players (SanDisk Clip Sport)
  • Downloaded music for iPods
  • Secure storage wall mounted cabinets                         
  • Training, Set up & Maintenance of Program

Rick’s Heart Foundation donated a bench to several of our Heart For Music Program participating care homes. The bench was presented at the event.

Living in heart, and love, and compassion, to make the planet better.

One Heart At A Time

Full event photo album HERE

We are excited to see what is next for this Program


Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies

No child should ever go hungry, especially not in our own community. Children are our future and need full bellies to be able to learn their best in school. Rick’s Heart Foundation is proudly sponsoring L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey, BC by sponsoring we are providing 30 kids with backpacks full of food to get them through the weekend. The Foundation also supplies shipping to Backpack Buddies, to help reach more schools. 

Learn how you can get involved at bottom of story!

BC has the highest child poverty rate of any province in Canada

Everyday, tens of thousands of children are going hungry in our communities. Today, the average two-parent, only child, family lives on less than $19,000 per year. With rent, basic living expenses and childcare costs all increasing ten- and twenty-fold in the last two decades, a crisis has emerged for families in our communities.

Basic needs like food, shelter and warmth are now in direct competition with one another. Families are often forced to make trade-offs. Forego dinners this week to pay rent. Skip perishable items so the fridge can be unplugged and the electricity bill kept low. The list goes on.

This is why Backpack buddies are so crucial for our communities’ children and why Rick’s Heart Foundation has decided to become a supporter. To learn more  about this amazing organization visit Backpack Buddies.

Hi Community,

I have to be honest with you – I never realized the extent of child hunger here in BC. I first learned about it back in 2012 by speaking with outreach workers and teachers. They shared stories about how they would store food in their desks to feed kids on Monday morning, paid for out of their own pockets.

20% of children in BC do not know where their next meal is coming from. To give this some context, the average Grade 4 classroom in our province has 23 students. That means approximately 4 students in EVERY classroom leave at the end of the day uncertain if they will have dinner that night. These kids are no more than 9 or 10, yet they already know the pain of an empty stomach and the anxiety of struggling with hunger.

You and I both agree that’s too much for a young child to bear, and together, we can do something about it. That’s why 19 new recipient schools were added to Backpack Buddies’ Friday delivery route this year. We’re now feeding an additional 292 children (1,293 total) in communities across Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. This holiday season, we need your help to reach them.

There are children in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey and in cities on Vancouver Island that are waiting for your help – you can even pick which neighbourhood you’d like to reach. Will you consider supporting a hungry child today?

All it takes is $10 to provide a child in need with enough meals and snacks to keep them fed over the weekend. $360 supports one child for the entire school year. When you ensure a child has enough to eat over the weekend, you fuel their learning, health and personal well-being.

You can support a hungry child in the neighbourhood of your choice here: www.backpackbuddies.ca/neighbourhood

Please give now to provide a weekend, a month, a semester or an entire school year of hearty weekends to a child in need today.

With gratitude,

Emily-anne King
Vice-President & Co-Founder of Backpack Buddies

Sturgeon Conservation

Sturgeon Conservation

Rick’s Heart Foundation believes strongly in Conservation. The Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Fraser River White Sturgeon. Their vision is a Fraser River White Sturgeon population that is strong, healthy and naturally sustaining for future generations.

To achieve their vision, they focus their resources and expertise on key strategies to:

a) conduct research relating to Fraser River White Sturgeon and to disseminate the results of such research;

b) educate and increase the public’s understanding of the Fraser River White Sturgeon by implementing public relations activities, educational initiatives, seminars and workshops;

c) take appropriate actions on key issues facing sturgeon.

As an environmental stewardship and research organization, the Society brings together a diverse community of stakeholders – leaders, all areas of government and First Nations, commercial and recreational fishing sectors, research and education – to work together and make a difference for Fraser River White Sturgeon. Priority areas include: mortality, habitat erosion, technology and recruitment of juvenile stocks.


This is why Rick’s Heart Foundation are proud to support ‘Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society’. Participating in their 2019 Gala by donating the Grand Prize for ‘closest to a random length fish encountered’. Winner of this prize was none other than Canadian country music star Brett Kissel.

Some interesting information:

White Sturgeon can live well over 150 years and grow to over 6 meters in length.

Fraser River White Sturgeon…

– Have survived two ice-ages; are living in the Fraser River.
– Survive in both fresh and salt water.
– Have captured the imagination of hundreds of students and future ‘sturgeon stewards’, through the FRSCS Sturgeon Education Program grades 4-7.
– Rely on help from the sport fishing, recreational fishery, First Nations, government and community leaders, environmentalists, conservation experts and the public community.

Keeping the Legend Alive! Raised Over $150K for Conservation!

Thank you to all our participants, guests, supporters, sponsors and the team of volunteers, for helping us make 2019 Event the best to date! We are excited to announce that the net proceeds from “Keeping the Legend Alive”; our FRSCS Sturgeon Conservation Challenge Gala Awards Dinner & Auction 2019, exceeded last years’ net; raising over $150,000 for the conservation of Fraser River White Sturgeon.

With 26 Challenge Teams fishing from April through October and covering the Fraser River from the mouth of the Fraser River at Steveston to beyond Hope, BC, our event has succeeded to share our sturgeon story with over 350 participants and guests at our Gala Dinner event.

Here are some data highlights:

– Teams collected data from over 290 sturgeon

– Of the 290 sturgeon sampled, over 140 new tags were applied

– And our recapture rate was 49% – which is significantly lower than our overall study at 74%!

Congratulations to our Team Winners:

– 1st Place – Newmont Goldcorp

– 2nd Place – Seaspan Marine

– 3rd Place – LGL “Forever Sturgeon”

Thank you Wes David for doing a fantastic job as our MC.

 A special thanks to Brett Kissel for a great performance and amazing entertainment, and to FRSCS Founder, Rick Hansen for an amazing keynote address that inspired all of us to focus our efforts and help make a difference.

Thank you to Rick Bourne, Langara Fishing Adventures, for providing us with the big prize – an incredible trip for four (4) to Langara Fishing Lodge. We are so grateful for your support.

Stay tuned…FRSCS Sturgeon Conservation Challenge 2020 date coming soon!!!!


We Want to Hear From YOU! Be the Voice for Sturgeon!

If you want to help make a difference, share your voice, get involved and make your concerns heard, please join our new Sturgeon Stewards Chat. This Chat is a unique way for people like you who care about this incredible species, to express your thoughts, priorities, and concerns about the future of Fraser River White Sturgeon.

Register on your mobile device and you will receive updates and information from the FRSCS on our conservation initiatives and have the opportunity to participate in brief surveys to collect your thoughts about ongoing sturgeon issues and priorities. You can help educate others, share the sturgeon story and also get active and engage in sturgeon advocacy.

Please join The Sturgeon Stewards Chat at sturgeon.rival.chat and help us raise a strong voice for White Sturgeon.

Best regards, 

Sarah Schreier, Executive Director
Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society