Hope Air in Newfoundland and Labrador

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.

Ham, Eggs & Hope

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.
This annual event centres around a simple breakfast, with a profound message: that there is Hope in community members coming together to provide for one another. Through the years, that message has been delivered by Health Ministers, Premiers, and countless dignitaries – always with thoughtful and inspiring remarks from Jim Burton, Hope Air’s biggest advocate in the province, and always with Hope Air patients front and centre to share their own message of gratitude. Jim Burton is the new President of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, who have given over $500,000 to Hope Air since 2012.

Ham, Eggs and Hope is back November 7, 2023

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We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of many Indigenous peoples. We are grateful for the privilege of being on lands that these peoples have nurtured since time immemorial.