Media Release

AIRSHOW LONDON “Cheques” In With Local Charities

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018


AIRSHOW LONDON (ASL) today presented cheques to two London health organizations as part of its ongoing commitment to providing support for community.  Dave De Kelver, Executive Director of ASL, and Gerry Vanderhoek, Director of Flight Operations, delivered $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) to the London Children’s Health Foundation and St. Joseph’s Health Foundation (Veteran’s Care and Comfort Fund).  The funds will be shared equally. The charity administrators were pleased to accept the donations and equally as pleased with the inclusion of patients, residents and families during the show weekend.

“Children’s Health Foundation is so grateful for the generous support of AIRSHOW LONDON, as they are truly making an impact on kids in our community. We look forward to being a charity partner at the 2018 event and creating a lasting partnership for years to come.” – Scott Fortnum, Children’s Health Foundation.

Gerry Vanderhoek acknowledged the AIRSHOW LONDON partners and sponsors who work together in “Katie’s Corner” creating the front row location where youngsters from the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and their families make amazing air show memories. Veterans from the Parkwood residence attend the Friday night twilight show where, as VIP guests, they meet and share stories with current serving members of the Canadian and United States military. He said, “We are so very proud to bring smiles to the faces of the kids and adults who join us as our special guests.  The airshow is an awesome way to lift spirits.” Gerry daughter Kaitlin Vanderhoek was the inspiration for Katie’s Corner and he feels it’s a perfect way for her to be remembered.

ASL also provides tickets for fund raising for other London based charities and not-for-profit organizations.
De Kelver says it’s all part of the AIRSHOW LONDON mandate and only possible because of Londoner’s support.  “Our volunteers number in the hundreds and it is their collective efforts that allow us to make AIRSHOW LONDON the great event it is and to help out in our community in many ways. While ASL promotes aerospace/defence industries, education and aviation opportunities centered in this part of Ontario, it also recognizes the need to reach out and be an active member of the not-for-profit community.  We see rising to extraordinary heights as a natural extension of what we do.  Supporting others in their efforts to ‘reach for the stars’ makes perfect sense and we’re looking forward to an awesome 2018 on every level.”


Contact:  Dave De Kelver – Executive Director – Office: 519-433-0200 Cell: 519-777-7502


Pictured – from left to Right


Alycia McComb, Fundraising Events Officer CHF, Gerry Vanderhoek, Director of Flight Operations, Chris Collins ASL Board Member, Scott Fortnum Pres/CEO CHF, Dave De Kelver – E.D. ASL

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