NRI family donate $2 million
for research into lung disease
Vancouver, Nov. 24, 2006
NRI Rashpal “Paul” Dhillon's family donated $2 million
to support research into the incurable lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary
Fibrosis (IPF) and the health benefits of cranberries. The funds
are the Rashpal Dhillon Fund in Idiopathic Pulmonary Research and
the Rashpal Dhillon Fund in Cranberry Research.
Rashpal “Paul” Dhillon died Jan. 6, 2003 from lung
disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Two funds totalling
$2 million that will advance medical and food nutrition research
at the University of British Columbia have been established in memory
of one of Canada’s leading cranberry entrepreneurs.
“The Dhillons’contribution to UBC will allow Dr. Knight
and his team to find answers to the mysteries of IPF and to make
a real difference in patients’ lives,” says Dr. Gavin
Stuart, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. “The potential
exists for significant, life-altering discoveries to be made in
More than 40,000 people die from IPF in North America every year
and affects more than five million people worldwide
- NRI Rashpal “Paul” Dhillon invested in cranberry
bogs in Richmond and Pitt Meadows in the late 1970s and his Richberry
Group grew to become Canada’s largest producer of cranberries.
Dhillon's Richberry and it currently reaps 15 million pounds of
berries a year and supports a staff of 100 workers.
- Mr. Rashpal “Paul” Dhillon had also gained distinction
as the country’s first Indo-Canadian police officer, having
joined the RCMP at the age of 19. He went on to serve 24 years
in law enforcement, including service as a corrections officer
- He invested money in a variety of businesses such as restaurant
to the taxi company-Bonny's Taxi.
- He always kind, humble and committed community member.
- He was board member of Farm Credit Canada, which gives loans
- He was well known in comunity to donate a number of nonprofit
societies such as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
- His son, Peter Dhillon said that his father was deeply committed
to the Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple on Westminster Highway.
More than 2,000 people including political friends Herb Dhaliwal
and Allan Rock were present at his funeral.