Dedicated to arranging free air transportation for Canadians who are in financial need and require non-emergency medical care outside their home communities, Hope Air was founded in 1986 and has arranged close to 80,000 flights for Canadians from coast-to-coast. WestJet is proud to help Hope Air bring Canadians closer to medical care.
Cost and distance are very real barriers to accessing specialized medical expertise and medical technologies, which are most often located in Canada's urban centres. Each year, approximately 20 per cent of Hope Air clients said that they would cancel their appointment if they could not fly. Others would be faced with making difficult choices, like borrowing money or taking funds from other areas of their budget such as rent, food or clothing. As a WestJet Cares for Kids charity partner, WestJet donates the gift of flight to Hope Air to help support their programs, services and fundraising efforts.
For WestJetters, caring for Hope Air clients doesn't end with the gift-of-flight donation. In keeping with our commitment to providing all of our guests with a world-class guest experience, WestJetters work to ensure that Hope Air clients have the best flight experience possible. WestJetters show they care by providing a safe and stress-free experience and sharing a friendly smile.
Kalena, 8, (above) from Prince George, B.C. and her mom Kathy hold hands in BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver. Kalena has a rare autoimmune disease which requires regular infusion treatment available only in Vancouver, a 12-hour drive away from home.
Last December, Hope Air client Benjamin (middle) from St. John's, NL, needed to fly to Toronto for specialized medical treatments. Unfortunately, his family could not afford to fly and driving during the winter was out of the question. Hope Air was able to book Benjamin and his mom Allison (right) on a free flight provided by WestJet. Benjamin was the 7,000th client to fly with Hope Air in the previous 12 months!
Visit www.hopeair.ca to learn more about Hope Air.