Above photo, from left to right: Erin Macmillan, Community Dietitian; Catherine Andrews, Palliative Care Clinical Resource Nurse; Lisa Chao, Cancer Care Clinical Resource Nurse; Brenda Goossen, Palliative Social Worker; Jan Gazley, Clinical Coordinator Community
As a team of health care professionals, these staffers are used to caring for others. It's in their blood—part of who they are and what they do here for patients in our community. But on September 29, they'll embark on a challenge to care for a different group of individuals.
The Ride for Refuge is an annual cycling and walking fundraising event that support the charities who support refugees across Canada. The Vancouver event is comprised of a 25 km and 50 km cycle and 10 km walk in Richmond hosted by Journey Home Community—a program dedicated to providing support to refugee claimants here in Vancouver (individuals who claim refugee status upon arrival in the country) with housing, settlement, and relational support.
“This is my third year participating in this event," says team captain Brenda Goossen, a Social Worker in The Palliative Program. “In our day jobs we care for people every day, but as we know, there are many more in our community, country and world that need support and care."
Appropriately named 'Richmond Cares', the team from Richmond Hospital is comprised of both veteran and new riders from various units and teams throughout the hospital, including the Cancer Care Clinic and Palliative Hospice teams. Bonded by a desire to raise awareness for this great cause they'll tackle the ride together—with all funds raised donated to Journey Home Community.
Catherine Andrews, Palliative Clinical Resource Nurse, will be participating for the first time this year and while she admits she hasn't had much experience with these types of rides, her motivation for educating people about this important issue is what drove her to sign up.
“As someone who identifies with the LGBT community, I know many refugees are fleeing their homes to avoid being prosecuted for belonging to the same community as I do," she says. “I'm riding to do my part in supporting individuals who have experienced so much trauma and help educate our community on this important issue."
If you're interested in joining team 'Richmond Cares', visit the Ride for Refugee's website or email Brenda. You can also make a donation to Journey Home Community and help the team reach their fundraising goal through their team's website page.