Oil executives and 30 Members of Parliament meet in Fort McMurray to raise funds for HPIC

Improving the health of mothers and children in the developing world was what motivated a unique gathering in Fort McMurray July 10.

At the invitation of Brian Jean, Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabaska who is also on the Board of Directors of Health Partners International of Canada, 30 MPs from across Canada, oil industry executives and local business people attended a fundraiser for HPIC in the northern Alberta town. The event was a tremendous success and raised close to $70,000.

“Thanks to Brian’s initiative, awareness was raised about our work in Alberta and with politicians from across the country,” said Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC. “We are so grateful for this significant injection of support for our initiatives to improve the health of mothers and children in Africa.”

HPIC’s Focus on the Health of Mothers and Children is a set of initiatives that includes training healthcare workers, publishing a Paediatric Handbook, creating and distributing a Mother-Child Health Kit, and knowledge exchange projects to share best practices in Pharmaceutical Management. In September Zimbabwean healthcare workers will be trained in emergency obstetrical care through the ALARM (Advanced Labour and Risk Management) course developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, a partner of HPIC.

“My association with HPIC is one of the things I’m most proud of in my professional career,” said Jean in a press release issued to local media prior to the event.

Major sponsors of this event are:

Diamond sponsor: the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers,
Ruby sponsor Syncrude Canada Ltd.,
Sapphire sponsors Suncor Energy and Fort McMurray Regional Airport,
Emerald sponsors Caldwell Banker, Golosky Services Ltd, Kirschner Family Corporation, MXC Racing & Off Road, Quality Group of Companies, H Wilson Industries, Walsh RE/MAX, Lance Bussieres RE/MAX, City Centre Group Inc
Pearl sponsors: AECON, Enbridge, Northland Forest Products, Safway Scaffolding
Coverage in Fort McMurray Today newspaper: http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3593452