Wed, 27 March 2019

Making a Difference: Air Canada Strengthens Partnership with Children's Miracle Network

All funds raised on board Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights through the "Every Bit Counts" program in 2019 will be remitted to the 14 Children's Miracle Network (CMN) pediatric member hospitals in Canada.

"Over the years, Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation have made a direct impact in local communities across Canada through a unique combination of grants to children's hospitals, airline tickets and Aeroplan Miles donations. We are proud today to expand even further our support to the Children's Miracle Network and its member hospitals," said Priscille LeBlanc, Chair of the Board, Air Canada Foundation. "Through the Every Bit Counts program Air Canada customers have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children by donating spare change. We thank them for their generosity."

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 reg: CFNOG. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

The Air Canada Foundation, a registered charitable organization, is dedicated to helping connect sick children to the medical care they need, making their wishes come true, and alleviating child poverty. Each year the Air Canada Foundation supports hundreds of charities focused on the health and wellness of children in Canada.

In an effort to help more children, the Air Canada Foundation facilitates the donation of currency of any denomination collected in-flight or in receptacles in select Maple Leaf Lounges. Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge passengers who wish to donate may locate a collection envelope in the seat pocket in front of them or ask a flight attendant.

 The Air Canada Foundation's objective is to raise $300,000, through the Every Bit Counts program, an increase of over 15% from last year.

In 2018, the Air Canada Foundation granted over $5.4m in support (financial and in-kind) to Canadian registered charities dedicated to improving child health and wellness across Canada.

"Thanks to Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation's generosity, and that of their employees and passengers, CMN member hospitals received, over the course of our proud, ongoing 26-year partnership, critical funding necessary for specialized pediatric equipment and services that accelerate recoveries, shorten hospital stays and get kids back to living the childhoods they deserve. Their commitment to the health and well-being of children has greatly helped develop innovative advances and incorporate aspects of childhood into pediatric care that give children a respite from treatment and a return to childhood," said Mark Hierlihy, Canada's Children's Hospital Foundations.

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