Hope Air gets ready for this year’s Wheel-a-Thon

Hope Air client, Darlene Thomas and her friend Alicia Calder are main players in this year’s charity event, and say the money will be used to fund airfare for Fort St. John and neighbor residents who need to travel long distance for healthcare treatment not available in the north.

“I can’t give any money, but I can raise more money than I can give,” Thomas said.

Thomas uses a wheelchair and has limited use of an arm, needing a caregiver to complete basic daily tasks. She also works full-time in retail and flies regularly with Hope Air to receive medical treatments in Vancouver.

“We now have to beat the $3,000 we earned last year, but we do have fun up here in the north!” Thomas energetically explained.

Donations are received during the month of August through the Hope Air website www.hopeair.ca. 

Select ‘Darlene’s and Alicia’s Flights of HOPE – Fort St. John’ to help reach the $5,000 Wheel-a-Thon target.

The Wheel-a-Thon takes place August 2nd, 1 p.m – 3 p.m. at Pomeroy Recreation Centre

Hope Air is the unique Canadian national charity which arranges free flights for low-income Canadians who need non-emergency healthcare not available in their local communities.

Air transportation helps reduce the emotional, financial and physical stress that individuals and families face while coping with a serious illness.

Almost half of all clients flying with Hope Air are children.

In 2013, Hope Air and its commercial airline partners and donors provided 7,090 free flights to Canadians from coast-to-coast.

Since its start in 1986, the charity has provided over 85,000 flights.

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