Hi Aviation Friends!
We are sending you this email as some of you are Interprovincial Air Tour participants and some participated with us in the Give Hope Wings 2020 Expedition – Sault to Saguenay last fall.
If you are like us, you really miss flying with friends to interesting locations.
Give Hope Wings (GHW) is an organization that runs flying Expeditions to raise funds for Hope Air. Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity that provides free flights and accommodations to Canadians in financial need who must access health care far from home.
Dave McElroy founded Give Hope Wings and ran 2 Expeditions -one in 2018 that circumnavigated South America and another in 2019 in the north west Arctic area of Canada and the US. We organized and participated in the 2020 GHW Expedition.
There had been a GHW 2021 Canada Coast to Coast Expedition (Victoria BC to St. Johns NL and back) planned for this year but it has been postponed to June, 2022 due to the COVID situation.
We are involved in organizing an alternate expedition for 2021 - a 12 day Expedition from Boundary Bay to Hudson Bay, August 23 to Sept. 3 to raise $400,000 for Hope Air. Of course, all this will depend on the COVID situation, but we are hopeful that with the vaccine rollout, that the Expedition will be a go. That decision will probably be made about a month prior to launch.
General Aviation Pilots are invited to fly with us for any part of this grand expedition – from 100 to 3000 nm – and help us raise funds in the process. Participating pilots will experience the thrill and satisfaction of flying to new places, in the company of experienced cross-country pilots, while “giving back.”
Our Expedition Supporting Pilots will:
- Fly all or part of the expedition in support of patients in need (flights anywhere between 100 & 3,000 nm).
- Raise a minimum of $1,000 for Hope Air from a combination of their own donations, sponsors they may attract, and (tax-deductible) donations from family & friends on their fundraising pages (set up by Hope Air).
- Cover their own accommodation, meals and flight expenses (note: some flight costs will be discounted along the way)
See attached for details on the Expedition and the Itinerary and how you can participate as an Expedition Supporting Pilot.
We are flying in the role of Expedition Supporting Pilot, joining the Expedition in Yorkton, Sask. on Aug. 25 (likely an overnight in Dryden On. on Aug. 24) and flying as far as Nelson, BC if weather allows.
If you are interested in joining us, please let us know by May 21. There are some accommodations that have to be booked by June 1. We don’t have all the hotels finalized yet, but can send you information on the ones that are, if you want.
In order to sign you up for this remarkable opportunity we are looking for 2 things:
1. Pilots to join our expedition.
If you are interested in joining us for all or part of this expedition as an ‘Expedition Supporting Pilot’, or if you want more information, please contact:
2. If you cannot join us, please consider making a donation to our Give Hope Wings Fundraising Page:
Click here to Donate
Thanks so much for your consideration of this request!
Cheers, Lee and Marilyn
Expedition/itinerary >>> /UserFiles/News/GHW 2021 Boundary Bay to Hudson Bay Itinerary V8.pdf