With the holidays upon us, I know that many friends and followers are looking for ways to give back. Whether it’s donating time to assist others or offering support to a special cause, there’s no better time to share in the true spirit of the season.
Need a little inspiration? Here’s a quick and simple way to help make a huge impact.
From December 3rd to 9th 2018, Aeroplan, through its annual Mile Matching campaign, will support the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program. All miles donated to the Air Canada Foundation during the week will be matched, up to 500,000 miles. These miles help provide flights to children who need specialized health care not available in their hometown. Since the introduction of the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program in 2003, hundreds of sick children, accompanied by a parent, have been able to obtain the medical care they needed away from home.
I’m blessed to live in a city where medical assistance for both my children is readily available. I’m also blessed to have, at the present time, not had to face a life or death situation where my child needed immediate medical attention. However, for many parents across the country and beyond, their situation is quite the opposite. In fact, for those children currently undergoing treatment, long road trips can be strenuous for both the child and the parent, especially when several visits to the hospital are required each month or when treatments last several months.
Travelling by air avoids long tiring hours on the road and saves precious time, allowing the parents to further focus on their child. For sick children, this gives them more time for simply “being kids,” with their family and friends or at school.
Here’s where we come in.
To donate your Aeroplan Miles, please visit aircanada.com/Foundation and select the “Donate” button located on the top banner. Aeroplan Members can also automatically donate two per cent of all miles accumulated to the Air Canada Foundation by updating the donation opt-in on their profile page on aeroplan.com.
Meet Auguste. When he was just a baby, the Montreal Children’s Hospital diagnosed Auguste as deaf, as he was born without an auditory nerve. Luckily, advances in medicine gave him the chance to receive a revolutionary implant, requiring brain surgery in Los Angeles. For his family, travelling to California was a significant expense, but with the help of the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program, Auguste was able to fly to Los Angeles and obtain the medical care he needed.
This Christmas, help the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program support kids like Auguste by donating your Aeroplan Miles today. And help spread the word! We all know someone who is looking to give back over the holidays; this is a perfect way to make your miles count.
This post was written in partnership with the Air Canada Foundation. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.