Three-year national partnership helps to support Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants
Sept. 26, 2017, Victoria, BC – The Honda Canada Foundation is the newest national partner of the David Foster Foundation, helping to enhance their decades-long support of Canadian families with children undergoing pediatric organ transplants.
The three-year, $150,000 partnership with the Honda Canada Foundation will provide support for families who require financial assistance to cover their non-medical expenses during the transplant journey. Financial support of non-medical expenses ranges from mortgage, rent, and car payments to airline tickets, groceries, parking, and gas. Often, families have to travel away from home and set up temporary housing close to one of the pediatric transplant hospitals across Canada.
“We are extremely thankful to have the support of the Honda Canada Foundation as a national partner of the David Foster Foundation,” says Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “With the ongoing, multi-year support from the Honda Canada Foundation, we will be able to assist families as they face one of the most difficult challenges that any parent could imagine.”
Since its inception 30 years ago, the David Foster Foundation has worked with more than 1,000 families across Canada, helping to support their non-medical expenses. The financial commitment to families averages to $10,000 throughout their transplant journey, which includes pre and post-transplant hospital visits and check-ups.
“Supporting Canadian families in times of need is one of the four key pillars of the Honda Canada Foundation mandate and we’re proud to support the David Foster Foundation, as they provide guidance, comfort and much-needed financial support for transplant families across the country,” said Dave Jamieson, Chair of the Honda Canada Foundation.
The Honda Canada Foundation joins other David Foster Foundation national partners including TELUS, WestJet, AMJ Campbell, Aird & Berlis, LLP, and Schnitzer. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.
About the Honda Canada Foundation
Formed in 2005, the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) aims to enable the realization of dreams through various annual philanthropic activities and funding to non-profit registered charities across Canada where Honda customers and associates live, work and play. The HCF focuses on four key pillars – family, environment, engineering and education – and each year more than $1 million is disbursed to groups in need through more than 500 grants. More than five million Canadians have benefited from Honda Canada- and Honda Canada Foundation-funded charitable programs.
About the David Foster Foundation
David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven-time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.
Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, AMJ Campbell, Aird & Berlis, LLP, Schnitzer, and the Honda Canada Foundation, families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.
In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1 million Life Legacy members.
The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.