Hope Air, Canada’s national charity, supporting families and children in need who must travel for vital medical care, and Porter Airlines have announced a new partnership to strengthen Hope Air’s mission and service.
As part of this partnership, Porter is providing free travel vouchers for Hope Air patients travelling through Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
"This is a critical connection for thousands of families, individuals and children each year who must travel to Toronto for specialized medical care," Porter said in news release.
Patients living in communities such as Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, among others, are able to travel conveniently to reach Toronto hospitals.
“Porter has been a long-time partner and supporter of Hope Air,” said Mark Rubinstein, Chief Hope Officer. “Their outstanding commitment to serving communities is demonstrated through this important partnership with our charity. We are grateful for their support that in turn will help many Hope Air patients in need.”
"Porter has supported Hope Air's efforts to better connect people with necessary medical care for more than a decade," added Paul Moreira, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Porter Airlines. "Every Hope Air passenger that Porter can assist in accessing their treatments is incredibly meaningful to us. This shouldn't be considered a privilege or based on where you live."
The Hope Air and Porter Airlines partnership was recognized on June 15 at a special event hosted at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
The event included the participation of Hope Air volunteer pilots as part of the Give Hope Wings coast-to-coast expedition, travelling across Canada to raise funds and awareness for Hope Air.
The Give Hope Wings expedition, which launched the second half of its journey from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on June 15, is organized and led by a group of dedicated volunteers.
The trailblazing event aims to raise $1 million to fund 2,850 flights for Canadians in need who must travel to access vital medical care.