Hope Air celebrates 30 years of charity flights to healthcare

TORONTO, ON, November 9, 2016 -- Hope Air, the Canadian charity that arranges free flights to healthcare for people in financial need, celebrated its 30th anniversary yesterday.

On November 8, 1986, the charity’s first flight departed from New Brunswick, carrying a young girl to Toronto for cancer treatment. Since then, Hope Air has arranged over 110,000 flights, connecting families and individuals in need to essential medical appointments.

The charity celebrated with a birthday party, 30 Years of Hope, at a downtown Toronto theatre complex. The presenting sponsor of the event was RBC Rewards®. Many joined in celebrating this milestone year, with co-hosts Peter Jennings and Doug Keller-Hobson, Hope Air’s Executive Director, and music by Lorraine Lawson and the Band of Hope.

2016-30th-anniversary-celebration-(1).jpgThe highlight of the night came from the families who shared how Hope Air impacted their lives. Edeana and her daughter Hope faced a full day of travel both ways to Hope’s medical appointments before learning about Hope Air. Says Edeana, “Hope Air has made a huge difference in Hope’s life and in our family’s life… it makes it so much easier to get her to proper care.”

As for what’s next, Keller-Hobson is hopeful as the charity continues to grow: “Hope Air is tremendously grateful to everyone who generously supports our Mission. The compassion shown by our cross-Canada community since 1986 has helped thousands of people access medical care. Their dedication energizes us as we look toward the future.”

About Hope Air: Hope Air is the unique national charity that arranges free flights for Canadians in financial need who must travel long distances to access healthcare. Since its founding in 1986, Hope Air has arranged over 110,000 flights for people in need across Canada. To learn more about Hope Air, visit www.hopeair.ca.


Hope Air Media Contact
Meredith Lilly
416-222-6335 x 212

Posted on: Nov 09 2016