Hope Air has had a long-standing commitment of service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador since our founding in 1986. Over the years, more than 13,000 travel arrangements have been provided for residents, given the unique travel needs of patients in the province
Co-founders Jinnie Bradshaw and Joan Rogers were like many Canadians living in urban centres – unaware of the need of residents of remote and rural communities or others who must travel for medical care, until they heard of patients taking a long bus trip. Rogers, who volunteered with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto learned through her work that patients were travelling together on a 15-hour bus ride from St. John’s to Toronto for regular care, only to have to take the long journey home after treatment. This awakening ultimately led to her role in the founding of Hope Air.
Work continues today in their legacy, thanks to a man with a long legacy of support of Hope Air and other endeavours focused on improving the lives of those around him. Ham, Eggs and Hope was founded in 2016 by Jim Burton, Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, while serving as Chair of the Hope Air Board of Directors. The event has raised nearly $200,000 to date to support travel for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, assisting families and children with inter- and intra-provincial travel for medical care.