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(QUESNEL) – Give Hope Wings –Northwest Expedition will take off this summer raising vital funds for flights for medical care access through Hope Air. The ambitious expedition will take volunteer pilots and flight crew on a journey 12,000 kilometres across British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and circumnavigating Alaska. The expedition aims to raise enough funds to provide 1,000 flights for Canadians in financial need who must travel far from home for medical care.  The volunteer pilots and flight crew begin their three week journey around British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Alaska and stop in Quesnel for a community celebration on the afternoon of June 15.

Hosted by the Quesnel Flying Club, the community is invited to meet the Give Hope Wings pilots and crew and wish them well on their journey. Those in attendance will also get a chance to meet Hope Air patients, including Jody, who has flown with her twin daughters to Vancouver on multiple occasions. One of those trips was during a devastating forest fire that closed the roads on the way to the hospital. But she was able to book a last-minute flight with Hope Air and her daughter was able to receive the medical care she needed.

All of the volunteer pilots and flight crew participating in the expedition are fundraising for Hope Air. The generous gifts of supporters will allow low-income patients in small and rural communities to access healthcare. The flights that Hope Air provides removes the burden of cost and long distance road travel from families facing illness and allows them to focus instead on what is important – their health.

For more information on how you can donate to help Give Hope Wings provide access to medical care visit: givehopewings.ca

Event Info:

What: Join our hosts at the Quesnel Flying Club to greet the crew of Give Hope Wings - the Northwest Expedition. Hear from the pilots and crew of this journey as well as the patients they are helping.

Where: Quesnel Airport
When: Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Available for interview:

  • Dave McElroy, Chief Volunteer Pilot, Give Hope Wings
  • Alanna Scott, Vice President, Development,  Hope Air 

Agenda:

2:00 p.m.: Event start

2:20 p.m.: Welcome and remarks from the Give Hope Wings crew + Hope Air

2:45 a.m.: Media availability

3:00 p.m.: Wrap up

Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home, regardless of age or medical need .Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 140,000 travel arrangements to patients in 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 component of our Canadian healthcare system. Without the access Hope Air provides, our national system of universal healthcare coverage would fall short of its promise.

For more information visit www.hopeair.ca

About The Northwest Expedition Title Sponsor: The Langley Sportsplex provides a wide range of recreational services to Fraser Valley residents, including four arenas, fitness facilities, physiotherapy clinics and daycare centres. For more information visit: sportsplexbc.com

For more information on the Quesnel event or Give Hope Wings please contact:
Michelle Garcia – Marketing & Communications Manager
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