Give Hope Wings

In January and February 2018, two aircraft and crew flew 20,000 miles while circumnavigating Central and South America, stopping in 20 countries. Give Hope Wings was an idea born of the passions of the crew: passions about generosity, flying and camaraderie.

In 2016, Dave McElroy and Russ Airey met when they were part of a six-plane, 6,000 mile epic flight across the Canadian Arctic and Alaskan wildernesses. Soon after, Dave conceived the idea of integrating his love of flight and adventure with the desire to give back. He presented his concept to Russ and Give Hope Wings was born. The crew soon fleshed out when Harold Fast joined in.

In addition to raising at least $500,000 for Hope Air, the crew also intends to increase awareness of this unique Canadian charity and its life-saving work.

They are bolstered by the support of Dr. Roberta Bondar, OC O.Ont MD PhD FRCP FRSC, Canada’s first female astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space, who is the official Patron of Give Hope Wings. Read more about Dr. Bondar's involvement here

We are so grateful to Give Hope Wings and the generous sponsors and donors who are helping make this epic journey a success!

Give Hope Wings is proud to announce First Choice Haircutters as the Title Sponsor of their journey. By supporting Give Hope Wings, First Choice Haircutters is helping people across the country in the towns where their salons are located. Click here to learn more.

To find out more about this exciting project, visit givehopewings.ca

Title Sponsor


Harold Fast
Richard O'Brian Blackall & Shelley Snow Blackall
Robert Vance
Rosengren Farms Inc.
Smith Fuqua Foundation
Teri Phelps
Woodrow Stewart


Dakeryn Industries Ltd.
​Dave McElroy
Dr. Terry J. Grover Inc.
Everest Realty Advisors Ltd.
Kelowna Flying Club
R.J. Management Ltd.
Russell Airey




Cushman & Wakefield ULC
Rickey Fasan
Victoria Bullion Exchange Ltd.

Friends of Hope Air


Air Safaris International Inc.
Anna Pangrazzi
Anthony's Auto Sales Inc.
Blind Tiger Vineyards
Brad Newman-Bennett
Brian Lecompte & Revelstoke Tim Hortons
Bryce McElroy
Canaccord Genuity
Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
CanAlaska Squadron 2016
Celtic Air Services Ltd.
Cold Dynamics Ltd.
Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation
Crop Care Ltd.
Dave & Pat Garner
DDR Farms Joint Venture
Donald McKay
Doug & Kathleen Keller-Hobson
Ewa Marynowski
Fast Fly In Breakfast 2017
Friedericke Scheffer
Garry Appelt
George Ritchie
Gerd Wengler
Glen Dickey
Heather Tobin 
Jennifer McElroy
Jim & Dera Burton
John Cundle
Katherine Pierzchala
Kiwanis Club of Sardis
Lyn Medler
Margaret Arthur
Mark Brown
Mary Guthrie
Michael & Sandra Beneteau
Michael Dawson
Prarie Aircraft Sales Ltd
Promation Nuclear Ltd.
Purple Hill Air Ltd.
Robert & Linda Ford
Rosetown Farming Co.
Shawn Talbot Photography Ltd.
Strategic Aviation Services Ltd.
Tim Kenny
Tim Sommer
U of Sask Voc Ag class of '67
Vivian Barwell
Walter & Terry Krushelniski
Windsor Flying Club


Abigail Russchen
Alan Purser
Allan Miettinen
Andrea Pehar
Andrew Fraser Dentistry Professional
Andy Mitchell
Angelica Vargas
Arterica Holdings Inc.
Baby Cakes Gourmet Cupcakes
Betty Anne Wang
Bevra Fee
Bill Gysel
Bonnie Rempel
Brad Curtis
Brenda Brown
Brent Callaghan
Brett McGrath
Brian Stushnoff
Bruce Prentice
Bruce Stone
Bruce Winton
Canadian Maple Wings Association, Okanagan Chardonnays Chapter
Carolyn Padbury
Cassin Cullen
Chatters Limited Partnership
Christopher Kape
Cindy Apperloo
Claude Vielfaure
Cliff Willick
Cozy Creek Campground
D Bruce Prentice
D.L. Woodburn Medical Inc.
Dale & Dianne Kieper
Dale Winder
Dania Besnos
Dave Bose
Dave Hyndman
Dave Nisbet
Dave Vaughan
David DeSaverio
David Main
Dean & Carman Norrish
Denis Vielfaure
Dennis Dueck
Dennis Popowich
Diane Stanford
Diane Toovey
Donald & Shelly McLean
Don Fedora
Donna Ethier
Doris Livingstone
Dr. Evan R. Wiens Inc.
Edward Houser
Elaine Newland
Eric Olauson
Ernie Fast
Evelyn Andrews
Fiona Macpherson
Gary Tattrie
Gina Grover
Gerald & M Lynne Smith
Geraldine Healey
Gerda Bruner
Glenn Martin
Gordon Blyth
Grant Hale
Heather Zwicewicz
Henk de Vries
Ian White
Ian Roberts
Ion J. Howson
J Murray McPhail
James Banman
James Nelson
James Williams
Jane Logan
Janet MacInnis
Jason Ranger
Jim Horn
John Arnold
John Cooper
​John Copland
John Grimwood
John Horton
John Langley
John & Kate Robinson
Jon Itterman
Karen McGilvray
Kathy Sutton
Kenn Payne
Kenneth & Barbara Dewerson
Kenneth Brown
Krista Moe
Larry Buckmaster
Larry & Janice Arbour
Larry Whitmore
Leigh MacLeod
Leo Kosokowsky
Leo Volk
Leola Fast
Lisa Young
Lorraine & Joe Cabral
Marie & Don Ferguson
Martin Johns
Meeting Lake Grazing Association Inc.
Meredith Lilly
Michael Clarke
Michael Frederickson
Michael Randerson
Mike McWilliam
Mo Taylor
Monte Dauncey
Murray MacPheat
Nat Stoddard
Neil Arnold
Nora Ratzlaff
Quinn Tait
Paul Vielfaure
Penticton Flying Club
Peter Marshall
Queen Victoria School Toronto
Quinn Tait
Randy & Kathy Aumack
Revive Laser and Skincare
Rex Channell
Reynold Epp
Richard Sinotte
Richard Smith
Rob Mathers
Robert G Ostafie
Robert Harris
Rod Haverslew
ROMEO Friday Lunch Group
Ronald Gates and Sherri Cybulski of Gates & Company
Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha
ROV Consulting Inc.
Russell Impett
SAM Wealth LLP
Sandra Schneider
Sara Escobar-Wiercinski
Scott Campbell
Shawn Dusome
Sharon Ravelli
Sharon Vance
Southern Interior Flight Centre
Space Centre Self Storage
Steven Smith
Stolairus Aviation Inc.
Stuart McLean
Stuart Wilson
Susan Herbert
Taya Fabok-Leng
Tim Allen
Tourism Abbotsford/ Tradex
Valentine Pomedli
Valentina Quagliotto
Vaughn Walters & Darlene Lane
Vernon Flying Club
Warren Cresswell
Wayne Gamble
Wayne Henderson
Weir Veterinary Services
Werner Peters
YLW Ambassadors