Give Hope Wings

In January and February 2018, two aircraft and crew will fly 20,000 miles while circumnavigating Central and South America, stopping in 20 countries. Give Hope Wings is an idea born of the passions of the crew: passions about generosity, flying and camaraderie.

In 2016, Dave McElroy and Russ Airey met when they were part of a six-plane, 6,000 mile epic flight across the Canadian Arctic and Alaskan wildernesses. Soon after, Dave conceived the idea of integrating his love of flight and adventure with the desire to give back. He presented his concept to Russ and Give Hope Wings was born. The crew soon fleshed out when Harold Fast joined in.

In addition to raising at least $500,000 for Hope Air, the crew also intends to increase awareness of this unique Canadian charity and its life-saving work.

They are bolstered by the support of Dr. Roberta Bondar, OC O.Ont MD PhD FRCP FRSC, Canada’s first female astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space, who is the official Patron of Give Hope Wings. Read more about Dr. Bondar's involvement here

We are so grateful to Give Hope Wings and the generous sponsors and donors who are helping make this epic journey a success!

Give Hope Wings is proud to announce First Choice Haircutters as the Title Sponsor of their journey. By supporting Give Hope Wings, First Choice Haircutters is helping people across the country in the towns where their salons are located. Click here to learn more.

To find out more about this exciting project, visit givehopewings.ca

Title Sponsor


Harold Fast
Robert Vance
Smith Fuqua Foundation


​Dave McElroy
R.J. Management Ltd.
Richard O'Brian Blackall & Shelley Snow Blackall
Russell Airey
Woodrow Stewart




Friends of Hope Air


Air Safaris International Inc.
Anna Pangrazzi
Anthony's Auto Sales Inc.
Blind Tiger Vineyards
Brian Lecompte & Revelstoke Tim Hortons
Bryce McElroy
Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
CanAlaska Squadron 2016
Celtic Air Services Ltd.
Cold Dynamics Ltd.
Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation
Crop Care Ltd.
Dave & Pat Garner
DDR Farms Joint Venture
Donald McKay
Doug & Kathleen Keller-Hobson
Fast Fly In Breakfast 2017
Friedericke Scheffer
Garry Appelt
George Ritchie
Gerd Wengler
Glen Dickey
Heather Tobin 
Jim & Dera Burton
Kiwanis Club of Sardis
Margaret Arthur
Mark Brown
Michael & Sandra Beneteau
Michael Dawson
Prarie Aircraft Sales Ltd
Purple Hill Air Ltd.
Robert & Linda Ford
Rosetown Farming Co.
Strategic Aviation Services Ltd.
Tim Kenny
U of Sask Voc Ag class of '67
Vivian Barwell
Walter & Terry Krushelniski


Abigail Russchen
Alan Purser
Allan Miettinen
Andrea Pehar
Andy Mitchell
Angelica Vargas
Arterica Holdings Inc.
Betty Anne Wang
Bevra Fee
Bill Gysel
Brad Curtis
Brent Callaghan
Brian Stushnoff
Bruce Prentice
Bruce Stone
Cassin Cullen
Christopher Kape
Claude Vielfaure
Cozy Creek Campground
D.L. Woodburn Medical Inc.
Dale & Dianne Kieper
Dale Winder
Dave Hyndman
Dave Nisbet
Dave Vaughan
David DeSaverio
Dean & Carman Norrish
Denis Vielfaure
Dennis Popowich
Donald & Shelly McLean
Don Fedora
Donna Ethier
Dr. Evan R. Wiens Inc.
Edward Houser
Elaine Newland
Evelyn Andrews
Gary Tattrie
Gerald & M Lynne Smith
Gordon Blyth
Grant Hale
Ian White
Ian Roberts
Ion J. Howson
J Murray McPhail
James Banman
Janet MacInnis
Jason Ranger
Jim Horn
John Cooper
John Grimwood
John Horton
John Langley
John & Kate Robinson
Jon Itterman
Kenneth & Barbara Dewerson
Krista Moe
Leo Volk
Lisa Young
Marie & Don Ferguson
Martin Johns
Michael Clarke
Michael Frederickson
Mike McWilliam
Monte Dauncey
Murray MacPheat
Nathaniel Stoddard
Neil Arnold
Nora Ratzlaff
Quinn Tait
Paul Vielfaure
Peter Marshall
Quinn Tait
Rex Channell
Richard Smith
Robert G Ostafie
Robert Harris
ROMEO Friday Lunch Group
Ronald Gates and Sherri Cybulski of Gates & Company
Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha
Russell Impett
Sandra Schneider
Sharon Ravelli
Sharon Vance
Stuart Wilson
Susan Herbert
Taya Fabok-Leng
Valentine Pomedli
Valentina Quagliotto
Vaughn Walters & Darlene Lane
Vernon Flying Club
Wayne Gamble
Wayne Henderson
Weir Veterinary Services
Werner Peters
YLW Ambassadors