The 7th Annual SMP Charity Golf Classic raises $12,100 for Hope Air

UBCgolf-in-story.jpg(KELOWNA) – The Southern Medical Program (SMP), alongside sponsors Scotiabank and MNP have proudly raised $12,100 in the 7th Annual SMP Charity Golf Classic. This funds raised at the 2018 event will be given to Hope Air, the only national charity that provides free flights for low-income patients of every age and illness who need medical care far from home.
The event held this past October was put on by SMP students at the University of British Columbia. Based at UBC’s Okanagan campus, SMP aims to increase the number of rural and aboriginal students seeking medical careers by providing medical education opportunities outside of the urban centres.
Their mandate complements Hope Air’s mission of providing flights to families in small and rural communities who need to access specialized medical care in urban centres far from home. The bulk of these flights are taken within the province of B.C.
The $12,100 will go a long way, providing 48 patient flights and lifting the burden of the costs of travel from families, allowing them to focus on what is important – their health.
“As a school that aims to bring medical care closer to rural communities in B.C., they understand better than anyone the struggles for families who need access to health care the isn’t available close to home,” says Hope Air Vice President, Development Alanna Scott. “We are pleased to be the recipient of this generous donation that will bring patients in those communities to the health care they need.”
Southern Medical Program based in the Interior of British Columbia, is the fourth site in UBC’s MD Undergraduate Program. UBC's MD Program is one of the first of its kind in North America distributing the entire four-year MD undergraduate curriculum across four geographically distinct sites. Distributed medical education aims to increase the number of rural and aboriginal students seeking medical careers.
Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity arranging free flights to low-income patients of every age and illness who must travel far from home to access medical care. Hope Air helps make Canada’s universal healthcare accessible by bridging the distance between home and hospital, patient and physician. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 130,000 flights to patients in need. For more information, visit www.hopeair.ca.

Posted on: Feb 01 2019