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And Then There Was the Breakfast

By Ian Brown, EAA 657159, Editor - Bits and Pieces, Board member - EAA Canada Council

Jeff Seaborn, chair of our Canadian Council, gives an early morning briefing to the volunteers.

September 2, 2022 – Our early Wednesday morning breakfast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 was well attended as usual. Volunteers at the tent gave out 250 tickets earlier in the week and we weren't disappointed with the turnout. Almost all the food was eaten and the latecomers didn't really have much of a choice. Thanks to Nacora and Global Aerospace for sponsoring our breakfast once again. It's a great opportunity to get a lot of Canadian visitors to Oshkosh under the same roof.

The service started around 7 a.m. but many of us had been there for an hour or more to make sure we knew what we were supposed to be doing.


After a brief presentation by Canada Council Chair Jeff Seaborn, and another one by Chris Moran regarding EAA Canada (our own charitable organization), our featured presenter, Dave McElroy, told us about the organization he founded, Give Hope Wings, a fundraising organization, and Hope Air, the charitable wing, which you can learn about here. Its basic mission is to raise money by fundraising flights and use it to fund flights for patients unable to afford expensive flights for medical treatments. Patients in Canada enjoy a phenomenal health care system but sometimes find it hard to fund expensive trips to other cities for rarer forms of treatments like childhood chemo. If you'd like to donate, visit Give Hope Wings and click on the DONATE tab at the top of the page.

In his presentation Dave told us about his 15-ship fundraising flight across Canada with the goal of raising $1,000,000. Give Hope Wings: Canada Coast to Coast Expedition hopes to donate at least 1,700 flights to patients in financial need. So far, in four expeditions his organization has raised over $1.3 million for this very worthy cause.

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