To encourage people from different cultural backgrounds to get involved in health care, the Richmond Hospital Foundation announced the appointment of five ambassadors as part of their Chinese Community Philanthropy Committee.
Kate Ma, who moved to Richmond a year ago, said she felt overwhelmed with gratitude being appointed as one of the ambassadors.
“COVID-19 makes us focus more on our well-being and the local healthcare facilities than ever before,” said Ma.
Many Chinese Canadian immigrants are eager to support the local hospital during the pandemic, but they might not be aware of the best way to help or how to start, according to Ma.
“As an ambassador, I am ready to work as a bridge between each other to help them understand the role of the foundation and what projects are underway at the local hospital, such as the nine-floor acute care tower which is expected to be built by 2024.”
Ma learned a lot about fundraising and philanthropy from her friends, who have been actively involved in different local charities.
“They share a critical message with me - it’s important to support the community rather than pass on wealth to the next generation,” said Ma.
“I am deeply thankful and blessed since many people I’ve talked to understand and support the idea of contributing to our community. A good healthcare program benefited all.”
Natalie Mexiner, president and CEO of Richmond Hospital Foundation, said the foundation is “very honoured and proud the Chinese Community Philanthropy Committee members have chosen to volunteer their leadership and expertise to help Richmond Hospital Foundation... By making a difference in our community and coming together, we are building a healthier future for Richmond.”