Mikaela Pond (L) and Jennifer Miller (R)

Mikaela Pond (L) and Jennifer Miller (R)

Nurses who rode 750 km exceed donation goal for Hope Air

 Money will go directly to the national charity Hope Air.

In the story ‘ Northern B.C. nurses ride 750 km to raise money for Hope Air’ published in the Lakes District News’ Sept. 23, 2015, edition, Mikaela Pond and Jennifer Miller, both registered nurses working in Northern B.C., had hoped to raise $6000 for the national charity Hope Air.

The nurses have successfully exceeded their goal, raising $6585 from 51 contributors.

The two nurses rode 750 km from Prince Rupert to Prince George in just six days. Their ride started Aug. 30 and ended Sept. 4, with a stop in Burns Lake on Sept. 2, 2015. Pond and Miller were hoping to raise awareness of the challenges that people living far from large urban centres often face in accessing the healthcare they need.

“We are both nurses and have seen first-hand the disadvantages that rural B.C. residents face when requiring specialized healthcare,” said Pond. “Many people go through financial struggle and have to travel 800 km up to over 1600 km simply to access healthcare they need.”

“We wanted to cycle the distance that many people travel to access specialized care, recognizing that the travel is often much longer if Prince George doesn’t have the services,” added Pond.

Since 1986, Hope Air has been providing free flights to financially-disadvantaged Canadians so that they can have access to medical expertise and technologies that can only be found in large urban centres. Last year, Hope Air arranged over 5000 flights in B.C. alone, with most flights departing from Northern B.C. and Interior to destinations such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, where the majority of medical specialists are located.

“Hope Air really does a great job at bridging this gap in access to healthcare,” said Pond. “They help individuals and whole families who struggle financially to get to healthcare services in a timely way.”

The money raised by the two nurses will go directly to Hope Air and will provide 25 flights for Northern B.C. residents.

“I have heard so many positive and heartwarming stories about Hope Air,” said Pond. “I can’t think of a better charity for this ride.”

 

Just Posted

Jill Mackenzie carefully replaces books on the shelves at the Houston Public Library. (Angelique Houlihan photo)
District approves annual library grant

Craft kits featured for summer reading club

The tradition of Houston Christian School grads giving Bibles to incoming kindergarten students will take place this year, but outdoors and in a modified fashion. (File photo)
Houston Christian School grad day is June 24

Grads themselves have set tone for the day, says teacher

Scott Richmond will be starting as the new vice principal for HSS and TSE. (Submitted/Houston Today)
Houston gets a new vice principal

Scott Richmond takes over from Dwayne Anderson who moved to Smithers

A Pacific Salmon Foundation grant of $3,000 is going towards the tree plantations. (Cindy Verbeek photo/Houston Today)
550 trees planted in Houston through A Rocha

Houston Christian School students and volunteers help with the tree planting

Currently the Houston station has 16 paramedics, two ambulances and one community paramedic vehicle. (File photo)
Retirement of longtime paramedics worries Houston community

“No loss of service,” assures BC Emergency Health Services

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Bella Bella is on B.C.’s Central Coast, accessible only by air and ocean. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. provides $22 million for Heiltsuk development on Central Coast

Elders care home project, tourism, lumber mill supported

Most Read