It's shaping up to be a busy summer at Hope Air! The Client Care team arranged over 1,000 Flights in May, which no doubt have had a tremendous impact on so many of our Clients and their loved ones. June has also been steady and we will see our 6-month statistics well ahead of 2015 statistics. Thanks to all of our Volunteers and donors who make it possible to do so much for so many.
We've also been busy celebrating our 30th anniversary at fundraising events across the country. Every one of the 30 events benefiting Hope Air this year is the result of great team work and the support of so many who dedicate their time to ensuring each event goes off without a hitch – from the organizers of the event, to the generous sponsors, to the attendees who show their support by purchasing a ticket and participating, each event is the result of a collaboration between so many individuals who believe in Hope Air's Mission and who work enthusiastically towards our goal of Getting Canadians To Getting Better. I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has a hand in organizing these events – your time and talent has an impact on countless Canadians across the country who are in need of Hope Air's service.
I wish everyone a most enjoyable summer.
Bryony was featured in Profiles of Hope last summer and her mom has recently sent us new photos of Bryony!
Hope Air is there to continue to assist Bryony as she travels from her home in Prince George to Vancouver for treatment of a nerve injury.
We've had a great time over the past few months celebrating our 30th anniversary with a number of exciting events in collaboration with some of our incredible supporters.
All the fun we've had is in the name of raising money and awareness for Hope Air. By coming out and enjoying a beautiful day on the golf course, the volleyball court or attending a community event, you are helping to make sure that our Clients, too, can spend more time enjoying the summer and less time on long car trips to their vital hospital appointments.
Hope Air's Clients fly to care for many different illnesses. The top five illness categories of Hope Air's Clients between January and May 2016 are as follows:
Cancer (20 per cent of Flights)
Musculoskeletal Disorders (11 per cent of Flights)
Nervous System Disorders (eight per cent of Flights)
Specialized Paediatrics (seven per cent of Flights)
Cardiovascular Disorders (seven per cent of Flights)
In May, Hope Air arranged 1,083 Flights for Clients – a 17% increase over the number of Flights arranged in May 2015! (That means for the period of January 1, 2016 to June 27, 2016, Hope Air has arranged a total of 5,687 Flights.)
Hope Air is happy to welcome the Government of Canada - Department of Canadian Heritage as a new donor! This funding will assist Hope Air in continuing to expand its French language capability - both our online presence and for our Volunteers who assist our francophone Clients. Thank you.
The McKesson Foundation Supports Flights for Children
The McKesson Foundation supports Hope Air Flights for children living in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. Their support has a profound impact on communities across these two provinces. By supporting Hope Air Flights for children, the McKesson Foundation helps Hope Air relieve the stress of travelling to treatment for families. Since 2014, the McKesson Foundation has generously donated more than $74,000 to Hope Air to support Flights for Canadians!
The Foundation's generosity has had a direct impact on Clients like Rylan, from New Brunswick, and Parker, from Newfoundland and Labrador, who is pictured at left with his parents.
Hope Air celebrated the generous support of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest with a cheque presentation that reflects their remarkable giving to Hope Air from 2011 to 2016.
Attendees at Take Flight for Hope Air at the Buttonville Airport in Markham, ON.
Photo provided by Gustavo Corujo.
Hope Air's Volunteers Go Above and Beyond!
In May, Hope Air's Volunteers participated in two exciting events supporting Hope Air!
Hope Air Board Director Anna Pangrazzi, of Apex Aircraft Sales Ltd., and Belinda Bryce, of Magnes Aviation, co-organized the seventh edition of Take Flight for Hope Air, a fundraiser featuring educational seminars and the chance to view some of the coolest planes on the market. Some of Hope Air's Volunteer Pilots were in attendance and enjoyed a fun and informative day at the Leggat Hangar in Buttonville Airport. Thank you Anna and Belinda for organizing another great event!
Hope Bear guards the trophy.
The Hope Air team at Bump Up Hope.
Bump Up Hope held its second annual charity volleyball tournament benefiting Hope Air in early May. Hope Air staff, Volunteers and friends entered the tournament and enjoyed a day of beach volleyball for a great cause, and Hope Air Board Director Auriol Marasco spoke to the crowd about Hope Air's Mission. Thank you to Alex Nachman, Marlee Vinegar, Adam Handler, Adam Taras, Noah Gold, and Noah Soberano who organized the tournament for a day of friendly competition! The tournament raised over $6,000 in support of Hope Air!
Check out the beautiful view on a recent Flight into St. John's, NL, with Hope Air Airline Partner WestJet!
Hope Air Client Deanna was profiled in an article by Kamloops This Week. Click here to read about her inspiring journey.
Hope Air is featured in the latest edition of Canadian Aviator. Click here to read through the magazine's digital edition and read the article about Hope Air's Volunteer Pilots on page 46!
Hope Air has been fortunate to be able to help Canadians with all types of illnesses. Our supporters have had a great impact on so many over the years! This edition, we're looking back at Clients who flew with Hope Air in 2005!
Left: Hope Air Client Alice, who flew to dental surgery.
Right: Hope Air Client Jacqueline, who flew for back surgery.