Chances are you’ve never heard of Alberta’s Angel Flight, but the founder of this amazing health service wants to change that.
Founded in 2006, Angel Flight was created to ensure that people who would otherwise be unable to afford long distance transportation back home after being discharged from the hospital had an affordable option. Living in rural Alberta has it’s advantages but one of the downsides is the challenge in getting back home if a medical emergency necessitates a trip to a hospital far from home.
Relying on donations to make this service affordable, Angel Flight seeks donations from a variety of sources and UFCW 401 is proud to be one of those sponsors.
Since January 2013, Local 401’s Executive Board has approved donations of $1000/month to ensure this valuable service remains available to Albertans for as long as possible. In addition to the money donated, 401 donated one of the Local’s leased vehicles, a Ford Transit Connect, so there were more options for transport than just flights. This vehicle’s unique design was perfect for the needs of many of the patients using the service because it allows for wheelchairs and other medical equipment to easily fit inside.
We could not be more impressed with Edmonton’s Dr. Kerry Pawluski for working so hard to see this service provided to rural Albertans and we thank him and all the volunteer pilots for their commitment to assisting people when they need it most. We are proud to be a contributor in some small way and look forward to continuing that support.
Check out the Edmonton Journal article HERE
And check out Angel Flight’s website HERE
Posted on: April 07,2016