This past year, the IGA granted Hope Air $20,000 to enable them to provide “Flights of Hope” to residents of the IGA region requiring medical care outside of their area.
The IGA grant was earmarked to purchase flights for lower income patients from Newfoundland and Labrador. Without IGA funding, 38% of those for whom tickets have been purchased would have to cancel or reschedule medical appointments, while another 21% would have to borrow money to purchase their own flights. Another 12% would face a 4-12 hour drive to get to the care they need.
The support from the IGA has provided more than 50 flights and access to vital care. In doing so, the IGA is helping organizations to build stronger, healthier communities across the province.
“Newfoundland and Labrador has vast, wide-open spaces. Despite its natural beauty, those living in more remote areas are faced with long, sometimes harrowing drives just to gain access to the healthcare they deserve”.
– Mr. Doug Keller-Hobson, Executive Director of Hope Air