Porter Airlines Renews Partnership with Medical Charity Hope Air

Porter AirlinesPorter Airlines and Canadian charity Hope Air, have announced a new partnership to strengthen the national charity’s mission and service supporting families and children who must travel to major Canadian centres for medical care.
Since its launch in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 162,000 travel arrangements for patients regardless of age or medical need. The organization notes that, for people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to accessing vital medical care. Hope Air has been chosen as one of Canada’s best 100 charities by Maclean’s magazine, MoneySense magazine and Charity Intelligence based on efficiency, transparency and need.

As part of the renewed partnership, Porter is providing free travel vouchers for Hope Air patients travelling through Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The charity notes this is a critical connection for thousands of families, individuals and children each year who must travel to Toronto for specialized medical care. Patients living in communities such as Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, among others, are able to travel conveniently from the downtown island airport to reach nearby Toronto hospitals.

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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,” said 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 renewal was celebrated at a ceremony 15JUN 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, launching the second half of its journey from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on 15JUN, is organized and led by a group of dedicated volunteers. The event aims to raise $1 million to fund 2,850 flights for Canadians in need who must travel to access vital medical care.

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