Hope Air volunteers fly much-needed supplies to frontline healthcare workers during COVID crisis

Jay Woo and Gerd Wengler delivered surgical masks, face shields and N95 respirators to healthcare facilities in Montreal, Kapuskasing and Waterloo

(Toronto, ON - April 16, 2020) – Hope Air volunteer pilots did their part this past weekend to help out healthcare workers in need of masks, face shields and N95 respirators. Jay Woo and Gerd Wengler flew thousands of supplies to Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario, Waterloo and Montreal. The two pilots are also board members for Hope Air, a charity that provides Canadians in financial need with free travel and accommodations to medical care far from home.
The two members worked closely with Sunnybrook Hospital and the CAA to inspect, sort and dispatch the supplies. The initiative was made possible by Mobilizing Masks for Healthcare, CAA, Sunnybrook Hospital and Hope Air.
Between Woo and Wengler, their volunteer flight missions delivered 12,000 surgical masks, N95 respirators and face shields for eight healthcare facilities in Kapuskasing, Montreal and the Waterloo region.

Gerd Wengler (left) and Jay Woo (right) preparing to leave to deliver masks,
face shields and N95 respirators to Montreal, Kapuskasing and Waterloo.

“We are so proud of this incredible act of generosity and compassion our pilots are showing,” says Mark Rubinstein, CEO of Hope Air. “As Hope Air volunteer pilots and board members, they are a key part of the Hope Air family and we thank them for what they are doing.”
Demand for personal protective equipment (or PPE) has been up across Canada so that healthcare workers can protect themselves and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About Hope Air
Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing free travel and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided approximately 150,000 travel arrangements for patients regardless of age or medical need.
For people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to them accessing vital medical care. Hope Air is a unique and essential part of our Canadian healthcare system. Without the access Hope Air provides, our national system of universal healthcare coverage would fall short of its promise. Hope Air has been chosen as one of Canada’s best 100 charities by Maclean’s magazine, MoneySense magazine and Charity Intelligence based on efficiency, transparency and need.
For more information, visit hopeair.ca.
For further information or to arrange media interviews, please contact: 
Nicholas Bechard, nbechard@hopeair.ca, (613) 402 -3293

Posted on: Apr 16 2020