Tzu Chi Foundation Canada helps Langley newborns breathe easier

Volunteers with the Tzu Chi Foundation Canada presented a cheque to Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation for $16,848 – their second instalment of a $48,999 commitment to the hospital’s Maternity Expansion Campaign.

Their gift will be used to purchase two vital pieces of equipment for the newly-expanded Maternity Unit: a PANDA infant warmer and an infant resuscitation unit.

Tzu Chi Foundation was founded nearly 50 years ago by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen on the poor east coast of Taiwan. She started with 30 housewives, who saved pennies from their grocery money, to help the poor.

For the past 43 years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world.

The foundation has volunteers in 47 countries, with 372 offices worldwide.

There are about 1,100 members in the Metro Vancouver area. Their guiding principle on charity is to “help the poor, and educate the rich.”

In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment of a bone marrow donor registry.

Through helping those in need, Tzu Chi volunteers take on the path of bodhisattva practices, the way to Buddhahood.

Langley Memorial Hospital has one of busiest maternity units in the region, with approximately 1,800 births per year. By 2020, the number of births at LMH is expected to increase to more than 2,300.

When complete, the new Maternity Centre will include an expanded Maternity Unit which will go from 13 to 20 single room maternity care beds, an expanded nursery and new isolation room. It will also house the Maternity Clinic, along with several other additions and improvements.

Fraser Health has committed $6.31 of the total $11.66 million required to complete the project and infrastructure upgrades. Under the theme “It All Starts Here”, the Foundation has also raised more than $4.1million.

Established in 1985, the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised more than $30 million to support Langley Memorial Hospital and the health care needs of the Langley communities.

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