University of Calgary

$10 million to Reach!

Rotary/Flames partnership reaches out to community

By Cynthia Chang

The Rotary Club of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary–South have teamed up with the Flames Foundation for Life, matching a donation made by the foundation last year for a total gift of $10 million to Reach!

“Our desire to establish a lasting legacy for the Calgary community was achieved through two key partnerships—first with two Calgary Rotary Clubs partnering together, and second, through our partnership with the Flames Foundation for Life,” says Bill Redmond, past president of the Rotary Club of Calgary. “These partnerships have given us the opportunity to make a significant impact on the health and wellness of this community.”

The Rotary/Flames “gift to the community” of $10 million will support Reach!, the joint fundraising initiative of the University of Calgary and the Calgary Health Region in the following key areas:

  • Heart health—through the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, the creation of a dedicated cardiovascular hypertension centre of excellence.
  • Neuroscience—through the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the creation of a dedicated spinal cord injury and repair research laboratory.
  • neuroArm—through the Seaman Family MR Research Centre, the development of the neuroArm robotic system, the world’s first image-guided surgical robot in collaboration with MD Robotics—the creators of the Canadarm.
  • Bone and joint health—through the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, the creation of a dedicated research laboratory to advance bone and joint tissue engineering and repair.
  • Urology centre—the creation of a new Southern Alberta Urology Centre, a one-stop centre of excellence for urological health that will include diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Public health and wellness—support of programs that will reach directly into the lives of southern Albertans through projects that span the health spectrum, from promoting exercise in schools to examining the effects of aging on muscles and mobility.
  • Children’s Health—through the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the creation of southern Alberta’s first free-standing paediatric hospice and respite centre for terminally ill children, and the creation of the Rotary/Flames park at the Ronald McDonald House on site at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
    “Rotary Clubs of Calgary have a long-standing history of providing service to the betterment of the community,” says Bill Sembo, a co-chair of Reach!. “We are grateful for their extremely generous gift. The residents of southern Alberta will be the beneficiaries of the medical research made possible from this significant gift!"