When Tam and ‘Monika’ Ngoc Phi Do, together with their son Trevor, were rescued from a refugee camp in the early 1980s, they made a pledge to help others whenever they could. Fast forward to today, they’ve pledged $120,000 for Richmond Hospital’s ACT NOW campaign to support the build of the Yurkovich Family Pavilion, a new acute care tower with a new emergency department, medical imaging centre, larger operating rooms, private inpatient rooms and much more.
“Monika and I knew we were so blessed to have what we have, and we were so happy to lend our support to Richmond Hospital to make it even bigger and better,” says Tam, who worked his way up in the retail industry and now owns five Chevrons in Richmond. “We wanted to show our appreciation and give something back to Richmond because this community has been so good to us.”
For more than 20 years, the Dos have given back to many organizations in Canada and overseas. Having seen Richmond Hospital firsthand in recent years, the Dos knew that the hospital could use their support, and were pleased to recently add the hospital to their philanthropic efforts. Tam has dedicated the donation to his wife Monika, who sadly succumbed to cancer soon after the pledge was made.
“Tam and Monika Do committed to caring for and about others as others have cared for along their journey,” says Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “We appreciate this generous act of kindness to support physicians and the health care teams as they deliver the highest quality of health care for people, right here in Richmond.”
From left to right: Trevor Do and Tam Do.
Social distancing protocols were followed during the cheque presentation.
Richmond Hospital Foundation
Over the past 34 years, Richmond Hospital Foundation has raised over $110 million to help fund vital medical equipment, improvements in patient care services and upgraded facilities. Our goal is to inspire joyful giving within our community to build a better and healthier future for Richmond.