Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation

Rick’s Heart Foundation has been involved with Korle- Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) for over 10 years. From supplying local shipping needs to sponsoring overseas shipments of supplies to Africa. Medical equipment and training is desperately needed in many places across Africa. Rick’s Heart Foundation strongly believes everyone should have access to medical help when needed. One thing KBNF does excellently is supply training to local Doctors and Nurses, better equipping them to help their communities.

What exactly is Korle- Bu Neuroscience Foundation?

KBNF (CRA #No. 85924 6837 RR0001exists to enhance the delivery of quality brain and spinal medical care in Ghana and West Africa, by partnering with regional, national and international partners in the establishment maintenance and advancement of self-sustaining high quality clinical Neuroscience and Neurosurgical facilities using the resources of the West African medical communities, in collaboration with their Ministries of Health and the Education and other agencies. We promote the education of healthcare in West Africa, particularly in neuroscience and collaboration between institutions both local and international.

KBNF is one of the few charitable organizations in the world that is focused on both immediate and lifesaving medical support, with a long-term infrastructure vision.

Their Vision

To alleviate the suffering of West Africans with a special focus on those affected by diseases of the brain and spine and to address related health care issues.

Their Mission

To enhance the delivery of quality brain and spinal medical care in Ghana and West Africa.

A few highlights from over the years:

  • ·         Provide 200+ surgeries, saving the lives of many 

    ·         Provide resources to 10,000+ medical patients 

    ·         Support 10 West African neurosurgeons

    ·         Train 2,000+ local nurses and medics 

    ·         Facilitate the construction of a $230 million (USD) modern hospital in Ghana—the only one of its kind 

    ·         Provide $17.1 million value of equipment to West African hospitals

Below is KBNF Founder Marj Ratel in Liberia, with local Officals

To stay up-to-date with the impact Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation is  having, check out their website HERE

The John Volken Academy

The John Volken Academy

Rick’s Heart Foundation has been a longtime supporter of The John Volken Academy. Lifelong recovery is possible when you take the steps, go through a full recovery program, and surround yourself with a community of support. The John Volken Academy follows these steps and sees that lifelong recovery is possible.

The John Volken Academy students have volunteered for Rick’s Heart Foundation many times, from our Heart of Hope breakfast program to helping unload trailer loads of donations. With the breakfast program the volunteers would be at the mission by 6am, with smiles on their faces and ready to work. They never complain, they spread joy and were grateful for their new lease on life.

Rick’s Heart Foundation strongly believes in a sense of Community, supporting one another in this world. Life is rough but together it is better. The John Volken Academy believes that community is the healing mechanism.. The community at JVA is the strongest healing mechanism of the program.

JVA’s 4 Essentials for getting your life back

#1 Address the Root Causes of Addiction

The underlying causes of addiction must be addressed for long-term recovery. JVA addresses root causes and trauma through group and peer counseling. Grow your self awareness. And in a safe place, process through the real reason you were driven to addiction.

#2 Healing the Brain

In addition to the appropriate support, the essential element to healing from an addiction is good old fashioned time. Committing to a two year program is a huge step, but that’s how long it takes for true addiction recovery.

#3 Adopt a New Lifestyle

Changing habits and behaviours takes time and practice. Once a person has recovered from the physicality of addiction, it’s time to form a new way of living. Days at JVA are filled with community meals, job-training, events and outings. At each of our facilities there is ample opportunity for working out and getting into nature as well. 

#4 Building Tools to Stay Sober

Getting sober is one thing. But it’s absolutely necessary to build the tools and skills for long term sobriety in order to be as prepared as possible for life after the program. Students are given opportunities to re-enter the workforce, find appropriate housing and receive coaching on difficult situations that will undoubtedly come up after completing the program.

To find out more visit The John Volken Academy or follow them on Facebook @volkenacademy

Convoy of Emergency Vehicles

Convoy of Emergency Vehicles

One of our passions here at Rick’s Heart Foundation,  is that no one’s life should ever be at risk due to lack of Emergency Response Vehicles. That is why we sponsored $10,000 to Kamloops Fire Fighters Charitable Society to Convoy Emergency Response vehicles to Nicaragua.  Globally, everyone should be able to call for help and the help is there. This Convoy was a partnership with Founder’s company Diamond Delivery. Below are a few articles with more information on this incredible Convoy.

Diamond Delivery supports convoy of emergency vehicles to Nicaragua

Two ambulances and three firetrucks were driven to Atlanta, awaiting flight to Nicaragua

December 20, 2017 
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Surrey, BC — Diamond Delivery, a BC-owned and operated transportation company, has teamed up with Kamloops, BC firefighters to send a convoy of desperately needed fire trucks and ambulances to Nicaragua.

This is just the latest twist in Diamond Delivery’s ongoing work in Nicaragua which has seen a school and playground built, and soccer uniforms, balls and nets, baseball equipment, bicycles and other supplies delivered to beleaguered communities like the small village of Jiquilillo, devastated following a tsunami in 1992 and a hurricane in 1998.

The convoy of refurbished emergency vehicles departed Kamloops on September 10 and arrived in Atlanta Georgia on September 24. The vehicles will be airlifted from there by the US Air Force for the remainder of the journey.

The two ambulances and three firetrucks were driven to Atlanta by a team of Kamloops volunteer firefighters and one employee. The company covered expenses to the tune of $10,000. One vehicle started the trip in Toronto, but the rest traveled the 6,000 km from Kamloops.

Volunteer firefighters from Kamloops drove the two ambulances and three firetrucks to Atlanta.

The convoy has been in the planning for more than a year and faces some uncertainty with raging wildfires and hurricanes along its route, but organizers have stressed the importance of completing the mission as too many Nicaraguan communities lack the emergency vehicles and equipment they so urgently require.

“No community can wait to be prepared for what Mother Nature may have in-store,” says team organizer, David Sakaki.

“Getting these vehicles to communities in Nicaragua simply can’t wait. The 8.1 Mexican earthquake last week was closer to Nicaragua than it was to Mexico City, which experienced severe shaking and some damage.”

Diamond Delivery’s president, Karl Gillies, says, “As a corporation, we believe we have a responsibility to our local communities and to the small planet we all share. We have long been active in charitable work across British Columbia, and with our experience in transportation and logistics, we jumped at the opportunity to have our Kamloops and head offices join with the Kamloops Firefighters to assist with the extraordinary work they have undertaken across the world and, in particular, Nicaragua.”

He adds that, “As a company that has long been involved in logistical support to those fighting wildfires in our own province, we know how critically important the right vehicles and equipment are in responding to emergency situations.”

Diamond Delivery undertakes much of its charitable work through the Rick’s Heart Foundation, see: https://ricksheartfoundation.com/

Member Update: Diamond Delivery Supports Convoy of Emergency Vehicles to Nicaragua

Posted on Mon, 2017-09-25 15:32 in 

Diamond Delivery has teamed up with the Kamloops Firefighters to send a convoy of desperately needed fire trucks and ambulances to Nicaragua.

This is just the latest twist in Diamond Delivery’s ongoing work in Nicaragua, which has seen a school and playground built and soccer uniforms, balls and nets, baseball equipment, bicycles and other supplies delivered to beleaguered communities like the small village of Jiquilillo, devastated following a tsunami in 1992 and a hurricane in 1998.

The convoy of refurbished emergency vehicles departed Kamloops on September 10 and is expected to arrive in Georgia on September 25, 2017, where the vehicles will be airlifted for the remainder of the journey.

The convoy has been in the planning for more than a year and faces some uncertainty with raging wildfires and hurricanes along its route, but organizers have stressed the importance of completing the mission as too many Nicaraguan communities lack the emergency vehicles and equipment they so urgently require. “No community can wait to be prepared for what Mother Nature may have in store,” says team organizer, David Sakaki. “Getting these vehicles to communities in Nicaragua simply can’t wait. The first 8.1 Mexican earthquake two weeks ago was closer to Nicaragua than it was to Mexico City, which experienced severe shaking and some damage.”

Diamond Delivery’s President, Karl Gillies says, “As a corporation, we believe we have a responsibility to our local communities and to the small planet we all share. We have long been active in charitable work across British Columbia, and with our experience in transportation and logistics, we jumped at the opportunity to have our Kamloops and head offices join with the Kamloops Firefighters to assist with the extraordinary work they have undertaken across the world and, in particular, in Nicaragua.” He adds that, “as a company that has long been involved in logistical support to those fighting wildfires in our own province, we know how critically important the right vehicles and equipment are in responding to emergency situations.”

Diamond Delivery undertakes much of its charitable work through the Rick’s Heart Foundation, see: https://ricksheartfoundation.com/

Diamond Delivery has been a BCTA motor carrier member through its sister company, First Canadian Messenger, since 2000. Visit diamonddelivers.com for information about the company.

Covenant House

Covenant House

Over the years, Rick’s Heart Foundation has proudly supported Covenant House in Vancouver, BC. Our Foundation firmly believes that no youth should be homeless and just as important they should feel supported. Most recently we were able to donate soap packages and blanket kits through our partnership with Soap For Hope. In 2018 alone, Covenant House has helped over 1,228 local youth, more information below about this amazing organization.

Covenant House Purpose

Covenant House Vancouver is dedicated to serving all youth, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need.

Covenant House Principles

Immediacy

Covenant House immediately meets the basic needs of youth experiencing homelessness through a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep.

Sanctuary

Covenant House provides a safe haven from the hardships of homelessness. We recognize the fundamental worth of every human being, and create a safe setting where all youth – regardless of life experience or identity – are served without judgement.

Value Communication

Covenant House leads by example to demonstrate that caring relationships are based on love, trust, respect, and honesty.

Structure

Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.

Choice

Covenant House fosters confidence; encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make informed choices for their lives.

@covenanthousebc

NASKARZ Update

NASKARZ Update

NASKARZ our next event Crashing the British Car Show!

The NASKARZ Program will be at the British Car Show on May 18th, 2019. You will see the youth walking around the show and a pink Soapbox Racer at booth. So you ask yourself what’s it all about what are they doing there it doesn’t “fit”. Let me explain why I think it does and give some major props to Patrick and the British Car Shows Organizing Committee for their steadfast commitment and support.

You see, these youth are truly the next generation and have been let down on so many levels, they find themselves a couple bad decisions away from some scary consequences. Some of our youth have issues with alcohol and have been struggling with addiction and finally getting straight with healthy supports at 17 years old, Others, are tempted by the gang life not knowing the dangers they are in or its true cost. I know, it still doesn’t fit, well cars are like therapy, expensive therapy some would say. They never judge and they offer the kids a chance a place to start over. So NASKARZ is a place to come to find support and mentors willing to help.  

You find people willing to step into the gap and make a different. We are slowly turning things around for some of these youth, who gain valuable skills and confidence from participating in a car show and choosing a car to receive an award, dismantling a 1959 Chevy wagon or putting a suspension in a 1965 Mustang convertible. They develop skills that can last a life time and lead them into amazing careers and away from the known pit falls of gangs, drugs and alcohol. So when you see the pink soapbox racer at the car show come over and say hi and meet some cool kids. I think you will agree it makes sense and it fits. Now you’re going to ask why Pink?

A Little about NASKARZ

In 2019 NASKARZ celebrated its 11th Year anniversary. We have accomplished quite a lot. The evolution of NASKARZ to the current Trade Sampler program further establishes the direction and solid outcomes of the program.

 The Surrey NASKARZ Program started September 25th 2018. We had 14 youth and we currently have 11 students it looks like all of them will receive double credits.

The old 1959 wagon was dismantled and the kids used also sorts of hand and power tools. The kids loved the experience especially cutting off the roof.

We have had a great year and it will get even better in the future. With the momentum that we have created it can only get better and offer more opportunities for the youth. I am very proud of all the hard work by our instructor Taylor COX, our youth work Jon ROSS, the RCMP and everyone that mentored and assisted our youth.

If you would like to become a sponsor of the NASKARZ Program, come and see us or contact the Raycam Cooperative Community Centre 604-257-6949, http://raycam.com, we are a licenced Charity and the kids need your help. I want to thank everyone that helped us get to this point, our sponsors are truly amazing people the get our vision and have compassion for youth. Going soon you will be able to donate on line. Just indicate in the comment section that you want your donation to go to NASKARZ.

 Thank You: Vancouver Community College, ICBC, Direct Liquidation, King of Floors, The British Car Show, Artona, Coast Capital, Watson Gloves, Jellybean Autocrafters, Kool Projects, Porsche Cub, U-Haul, Vancouver Police Foundation, Vancouver Fire Department, G&F Financial Group, Rick’s Heart Foundation and The Surrey School Board. 

Tim HOUCHEN 1823

Vancouver Police Department.    

Liberia

Liberia

Our Founder Rick Diamond through his company Diamond Delivery embarked on sponsoring medic training and an ambulance for Liberia, a nation in sub-Sahara West Africa.  In partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (B.C.), an ambulance service which launched in Fall 2018. 

In partnership with the Kamloops Firefighters Charity Association, an ambulance was purchased in Montreal and driven across the country by Kamloops firefighter David Sakaki and Rick Diamond, owner of Diamond Delivery. 
Along with the ambulance, the container will deliver medic emergency equipment necessary to protect and support critically ill patients along with hospital beds and equipment for Rennie Hospital, a rural hospital severely impacted by Ebola.  Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health & Chief Medical Officer for Liberia identifies the transformation this service will have on the country. “The importance of an organized, centralized EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for our health care delivery system will cannot be overemphasized. 

Its impact will be felt at all levels of care and will go a long way in helping us reduce mortalities and improve outcome for our pregnant women , neonates, infants and victims of road traffic accidents.” A celebratory launch was held at the BC Legislature, attended by MLAs and stakeholders.  The ambulance is being named “Patrick” in honor of a West African engineer who inspired the critical need for an ambulance service.

Liberian official thanks Kamloops for ‘life-saving’ gift

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jan 30, 2019

MONROVIA, LIBERIA — The keys to Liberia’s first fully-equipped ambulance have officially been handed over, and citizens are thanking the Kamloops community for its generosity.

Local firefighter and humanitarian David Sakaki is currently in the country’s capital city of Monrovia, where he helped pass the keys off to Liberia’s Health Minister and Deputy Health Minister.

“We were able to deliver the ambulance that we put together in Kamloops,” Sakaki says. “We loaded it in a container and sent it off several months ago. The reaction for the delivery of the ambulance was incredible. The minister of health, the deputy minister of health were just about brought to tears. This is something that this country desperately, desperately needs, and it will be put into service almost immediately.”

The $14,000 ambulance was purchased last year thanks to a generous donation by Kamloops company Diamond DeliveryDeputy Health Minister Francis Ketah says over the years many women have died during or after childbirth because they can’t get to the nearest hospital to deliver.

“The need for ambulances in Liberia is so important, and so we are very, very grateful to have an ambulance being delivered and there is a need for more ambulances,” Ketah says. “Receiving the keys to the ambulance was a lifelong dream coming to reality… to be very honest, words are inadequate to express how appreciative I am on behalf of my people, the people of Liberia, for receiving this God’s gift. I think one of the best gifts that one can give anyone is saving lives.”

Sakaki says this new ambulance — named “Patrick” — is going to change the city of Monrovia.

“It’s really going to help the people that are struggling to try and provide exceptional health care,” Sakaki says, “and this is a country that’s recovering from a horrible, horrible outbreak of Ebola years ago. During that crisis they were fighting the Ebola with basically just pickup trucks as ambulances and this ambulance definitely could have been used back then. It’s better late than never so they’re just very, very happy to get this.”

Ketah added that this new vehicle will save hundreds of thousands of lives.

“I’m so grateful to every one of you for the gift that you are giving to us in Liberia. Thank you and God bless you all.”

The Ambulance in Liberia being unloaded above.