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Fo Guang Shan donates to hospital

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:29 PDT, Thu July 22, 2021

Buddha’s Light International Association and Vancouver International Buddhist Progress Society have come together for a second time to help fund the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion at Richmond Hospital.

This week’s $10,000 donation adds to the $50,000 donated over five years toward the new acute care tower. 

“Richmond Hospital is a 55-year-old facility serving the community of Richmond. I have seen first-hand the challenges our health care teams face daily as a result of working in an aging building,” says venerable Chueh Chu Shih, abbess of Fo Guang Shan Vancouver Temple. “A new acute care tower will allow them to work more effectively and provide more efficient care for patients. Patients will also have access to an environment that is more favourable for healing. This is a tremendous project that requires an enormous amount of resources to complete, but one that will benefit everyone in the future so it was important for us to support.”

Fundamental principles in kindness, compassion, and joyfulness are the teachings of Buddha’s Light International Association and Vancouver International Buddhist Progress Society. Their focus on practicing benevolence, has translated to years of supporting Richmond Hospital Foundation including funding in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment as well as Richmond Hospital’s lab for a microtome machine. During the height of the pandemic, they also generously donated personal protective equipment to ensure the safety and protection of health care workers. 

“Buddha’s Light International Association and Vancouver International Buddhist Progress have been supporting the work of Richmond Hospital Foundation since 2003,” says Candace Hernandez, vice-president of Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Their donation will help increase the capacity of care for Richmond’s growing population and help ensure the best in care is available to the community. They give joyfully and we are so thankful for their commitment and generosity.”

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