Pilots exceed fundraising goal for expedition to help patients travel for medical care

Pilots took to the skies across Ontario and Quebec for the Hope Air charity and raised more than 20 per cent above the goal

(TORONTO - OCTOBER 28, 2020) A group of pilots who organized an expedition to raise funds for Hope Air have far surpassed their original fundraising goal by more than 20 per cent. The pilots made stops in Northern Ontario and Quebec between September 30 to October 4 to raise funds to provide flights for patients in financial need who must travel far from home for vital medical care.

The Give Hope Wings expedition created awareness for the charity and raised $122,056 to provide 488 flights for patients in need. Flights are especially important for patients who live in these areas who would have to drive or take a bus for several hours each way to reach specialists. Last year, Hope Air provided more than 13,000 travel arrangements to help Canadians, including commercial flights and flights with volunteer pilots. Previous Give Hope Wings expeditions have raised a total of $770,000 to fund more than 3,000 flights.

Lee Arsenault was one of the pilots leading the expedition. “We are so pleased to have been able to surpass our goal for Hope Air,” he said. “It was also incredibly humbling to hear from patients along the expedition route about how we helped them.”
Pilot team Lee Arsenault and Marilyn Staig 
"We are incredibly grateful to all the pilots and volunteers who participated in the 2020 expedition. Through their dedication and commitment, we surpassed our fundraising goal, ensuring that we can provide additional flights to patients in need,” says Mark Rubinstein, CEO of Hope Air.

Hope Air would like to especially thank its sponsors: Newmont Canada, Pratt & Whitney, MD Financial Management, Scotiabank, National Post/Postmedia, Le Loup and Le Voyageur, Heather Tobin, SWIFT Conference & Trade Show, Aéro Mag, The Henry and Berenice Kaufmann Foundation, Spectrum Airways, Dixie Ford Sales Limited, Collingwood Flying Club, Kiwanis Club of Timmins, Jeanniot Foundation and Nord-Lock Group.
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 more than 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.
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Posted on: Oct 28 2020