Donate Aeroplan Points to Help Sick Children Travel by Air to Get Essential Medical Care

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MONTREAL, October 3, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Your donations will help many children around the world Canada Fly to important doctor appointments. This year’s campaign continues the tradition of helping children access medical care that is unavailable in their local community. In 2021, Aeroplan Points Matching Week supported 337 flights, or nearly one child per day.

“Your generosity really makes a difference in the lives of children and their families year after year. Through the valuable contribution of Aeroplan and its members, we have been able to reduce the cost or travel time associated with medical treatments that can be thousands of miles away by connecting hospitals and sick children,” said Valérie Durand, spokeswoman for the Air Canada Foundation. “We are grateful to Aeroplan members for their donations, which relieve a burden and ultimately allow parents to focus on their children during difficult times.”

Through October 9, members who donate Aeroplan points to the Air Canada Foundation’s hospital transportation program will double the impact of their contribution as the value of the points donated is doubled by Aeroplan, up to 500,000 points. Through the generosity of Aeroplan members, the Air Canada Foundation donates Aeroplan points to 15 children’s hospitals across Canada each year to help children access the medical care they need away from home.

“Over the past decade, the Air Canada Foundation’s hospital transportation program has been an invaluable partner in children’s health. You have contributed to the cause of children’s health in so many ways. Your continued support helps children and their families access much-needed medical care far away from home,” said Mark Hierlihy, President and CEO of Canada Children’s Hospital Foundations. “The impact of this program has been overwhelming. All children should have the right to healthcare and increasing access is making this possible so children can be children again.”

Since the inception of the Air Canada Foundation’s Hospital Transportation Program in 2003, sick children have been able to receive the medical care they need away from home when accompanied by a parent. Long car journeys can be stressful for both the child and the parent, especially when multiple hospital visits are required each month or treatments last for several months. Air travel helps families avoid tedious hours on the road and alleviates some of the financial burden of travel expenses, which can cause serious economic and emotional difficulties for families. For more information on the Air Canada Foundation’s ambulance program and its impact, visit

About the Air Canada Foundation

The Air Canada Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and young people, was established in 2012. It provides both monetary and in-kind support to charities registered in Canada. Core programs include the Hospital Transportation Program, which redistributes Aeroplan points to 15 pediatric hospitals Canadato give sick children access to healthcare outside of their home. The Air Canada Foundation also works in partnership with the airline to directly participate in fundraising activities, such as the Every Bit Counts program, which encourages customers to donate loose change of all denominations on board flights or through collection boxes placed in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges are available. The foundation also provides ongoing support for important health-related causes that benefit Canadians and actively participates in international humanitarian relief efforts when needed. For more information about the Air Canada Foundation, please see Air Canada’s 2020-21 Impact Report or 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report, available at

About Air Canada

Air Canada is canada largest airline, flagship in the country and founding member of star alliance, the most comprehensive air transport network in the world. Air Canada offers scheduled passenger service direct to 50 airports in Canada47 inches The United States and 69 internationally. It has a four-star rating from Skytrax. Air canada Aeroplan program is canada leading travel loyalty program, allowing members to earn or redeem points across the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, as well as a comprehensive selection of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its cargo division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air cargo transportation and connectivity to hundreds of destinations on six continents using Air Canada’s passenger and all-cargo flights on its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions target from all global operations by 2050.


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