Santa Flies with Special Kids
Santa brought smiles to the faces of
children waiting to greet him as he arrived in a Jazz Dash 8. For decades, Jazz
has been flying Santa (this year, flight attendant Mike Griffiths) and children from Canuck
Place and other local charities on a series of flights over downtown Victoria
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides specialized palliative care for
children with life-threatening illnesses and support for their families
throughout British Columbia.
Jazz pilots Capt. Mike Gatey and his wife, F/O Jane Etzkorn, piloted one of
this year’s flights.
“Jane and I have been blessed with a wonderful life together, a son we are
proud of, and great careers,” said Gatey. “We were very pleased to be able to
give a little back. The smiles on the faces of the children who rode with us was
something that money can’t buy.”
Jazz pilots who fly the B-757 for Thomas Cook flew a
similar trip to the North Pole. F/O Brian Macdonnell, who assisted with the
event, said, “As a father of two, I can’t imagine the courage of these young
children and their families.
“It was my absolute pleasure to volunteer with Capt. Ron Grimberg, the
operating crew of Capt. Bob Perkins and F/O Tom Hill, the terrific in-flight
crew, and the other volunteers who allowed us to intercept Santa! It was one of
the most memorable days of my 16 years at Jazz,” he added.
Jazz pilots are proud to be part of these gestures, which bring happiness in
the spirit of the holidays.