The Rich Man, Poor Man Dinner & Silent Auction at the University of Calgary began in 2009, with the first annual Rich Man, Poor Man (RMPM) raising over $13,000 for the Student Run Clinic (SRC) at the Drop In Centre. From its humble beginnings of only 8 volunteers, we have rapidly risen to dozens. Funds raised from the initial dinner were used to support volunteer training, to improve and expand the clinic, and to purchase medical equipment.
The 2010 RMPM Gala surpassed expectations, raising $23,000 for Partners In Health (PIH), a Boston-based non-profit organization which operates 49 health centres in 11 underdeveloped countries. The funding covered the start-up costs of a rural clinic in Haiti around the time of the earthquake on January 12, 2010.
The 2011 RMPM raised over $20,000 in support of the SRC and the Global Generation Foundation (GGF), which supports family medicine clinics in areas where primary care is needed.
The 2012 RMPM also raised over $20,000 in support of the SRC and the Southern Sudan Healthcare Accessibility, Rehabilitation and Education (SSHARE) project, which provides continuing education to Cuban-trained Sudanese doctors who return to Sudan to serve as doctors.
The 2013 RMPM raised over $18,000 in support of the SRC, L’Arche and Helping Babies Breath. In L’Arche, people who have developmental disabilities and those who come to assist, share life and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are integrated into local neighbourhoods. Helping Babies Breath is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas.
The 2014 RMPM raised over $20,000 in support of the SRC, the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS), and the Flying Doctors of Canada (FDOC). Through integrated health care, housing and education services, CUPS empowers people to overcome the challenges of poverty and reach their full potential. CUPS helps over 7,000 low-income Calgarians annually in their efforts to break the cycle of poverty and build healthier lives and communities. FDOC is devoted to provide sustainable health improvements. Through extensive research into the barriers to health in each and every target community, and through cooperation with community leaders, FDOC strives to provide appropriate and sustainable solutions to local and persistent problems.
The 2015 RMPM raised over $28,000 in support of the SRC, the Global Familymed Foundation and Alpha House. The Global Familymed Foundation supports family medicine training in places where healthcare access is limited while Alpha House works with individuals whose lives have been impacted by addiction.
The 2016 RMPM raised over $21,000 in support of the SRC, the Northern Lights Health Foundation and Kolabo. The Northern Lights Health Foundation serves to engage people, inspire philanthropy and secure funds to improve health and promote wellness in the Wood Buffalo region while Kolabo improve the mental health of the patient population served by the CUHAS healthcare professionals in Tanzania and build a healthier community.
We are excited for the upcoming 9th Annual Rich Man, Poor Man Dinner & Silent Auction on October 28, 2017.