Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.

Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.

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Currently in their 9th season, Joe and Shelley Melatini of Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co. continue to wow guests with flights in their vintage aircraft over the beautiful Grand Forks area while donating 100% of proceeds to BC Children's Hospital.

As they work towards their goal of raising $100,000 for the Hospital, Joe and Shelley would like to thank their donors and sponsors who continued to support them during the past year. They also would like to acknowledge our healthcare heroes at BC Children’s: "My simple message to the healthcare staff would be to keep up the good work and enthusiasm they bring to the hospital and their patients, every day!"

Thank you, Joe and Shelley, for helping us to reach new heights in children's healthcare.
Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co. offers flights in their 1941 Boeing Stearman, allowing people to get a rare glimpse into aviation history. They donate 100% of the funds to BC Children’s Hospital.

Joe and Shelley Melatini raised $8,990 this year and $70,741.33 overall since they began flying for us eight years ago. A special thank you to the Melatini family, sponsors of Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming, and the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake for their ongoing commitment to BC’s kids.

Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.
Annual inspection time on the Boeing Stearman with Joe Melatini inside the tail.
Annual inspection time on the Boeing Stearman with Joe Melatini. Inside the wing.
Annual inspection time on the Boeing Stearman with Joe Melatini
"We are very grateful for our sponsors who support us in this vision. Thank you BC Children's Hospital for all you do, and God bless the children." - Joe

Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co. is the brainchild of Joe and Shelley Melatini. By offering flights in their 1941 Boeing Stearman, they’re letting people have a rare glimpse into aviation history and donating 100% of the funds to our hospital.

Joe and Shelley have reached their goal of $60,000! A big thank you for taking your support to new heights and going above and beyond for BC's kids.
Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co. offers flights in their 1941 Boeing Stearman, allowing people to get a rare glimpse into aviation history. They donate 100% of the funds to BC Children’s Hospital.

A big thank you for going above and beyond for BC's kids. They’re so close to reaching their $10,000 fundraising goal for the year, visit their page to see how you can help.

2022 is our 10th season with a total goal of $100,000. We are currently at $80,654 in donations! Thanks for all your donations, and our sponsors Western Propeller/Aeroparts Plus, Adams Aero, Pennywise, ,Grand Forks Gazette, Christina Lake eBuzz.

We fly in Support of BC Children's Hospital with a 1941 Boeing bi-plane, a true charity where 100% of one's donation goes to the Hospital, and in return, a scenic 30 minute flight on a set route around the Grand Forks, BC area, as well as a tax receipt. Ops are from May to October, weather permitting. Come fly with us and help the kids out!

Operating as usual

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 03/23/2022

We very much appreciate Della Mallette’s kindness from the Grand Forks Gazette for her advertising initiative for Faith Hope Charity Barnstorming. Thank you to James Tyler of Grand Forks Realty and Robert J Ogloff of Sun Life Financial for sponsoring space in the Gazette for Della’s splashy ad! Two Grand Forks rides booked in the Boeing, Season 10 starts in May. The support from the Grand Forks, Christina Lake and surrounding area is nothing short of spectacular!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 02/21/2022

The Werry family from Gilpin, right to left – Alexa, Christina and Tristan. The family flight from our generous donation from Ireland, thank you! Tristan 10 years old flew most of the way with his gentle touch on the wheel, even the take-off and landing. Alexa is in Grade 12 and wants to go 2 years for Paramedic. Mom is Chief Cook at Clyde’s kitchen. Gilpin is a Doukhobor community just east of Grand Forks on the river. Having been brought over by Leo Tolstoy’s funding in 1899, they had to leave Russia because of their beliefs, Toil and Peaceful Life. Doukhobor means “Spirit Wrestler”.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 02/14/2022

Thanks to Tony Brotchie from Balfour for donation to BC Children's Hospital. Flew Nelson to Grand Forks, blue skies, clear air, see for miles! Tony designed the apparatus to test the pilot and co-pilot seats on the Concorde. One of the pics shows the size of Concorde compared to a 747 and a VC-10, she is smaller than you think!

01/24/2022

His eyesight's good, coordination isn't bad, short attention span, and he can't reach the rudder pedals!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 01/20/2022

We would like to thank Pennywise, check out the front page! Two winter flights to prepare for and Spring bookings coming in! Advertising makes it happen. Pennywise is “the Bees Knees!”. Angus is 13 weeks. Our generous donation from Ireland has pushed us past $80,000.00

God's Own Children 01/11/2022

God's Own Children

Miracles do happen, especially around Christmas, Faith Hope Charity Barnstorming has friends as far reaching as Ireland! An anonymous family living in an 1800’s castle on Ireland’s captivating landscapes made a generous donation to BC Children’s Hospital. We can only say Thank You So Much, a miracle indeed! Also a ride for a family has been sponsored for a winter flight, pictures to follow. In the meantime, here is a link to a clip of 2 Irish boys, there is some swearing, on a typical school day. Thank you from Canada to Ireland. https://vimeo.com/240157004

God's Own Children Two young boys travel across rural Ireland on a self-proclaimed mission from God - to return their priest's lost satchel and its mysterious contents.

12/25/2021

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, good health and happiness in the New Year ahead. Donors, passengers, sponsors, and ground crew make the charity function, and we are grateful!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 12/21/2021

Introducing Angus, our newest ground crew member, 9 weeks old. His first 8 weeks were on a farm with 6 kids, his Mom, Dad and Granddad, near Cooking Lake, AB. Second pic is Stinson CF-IYH, winter flights are on and can be tailored to your requests!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 11/12/2021

Remembrance Day pics of Flight Lieutenant Nello Melatini from Fife, BC (my Pop). Flew 42 missions against enemy shipping and U-boats in Hamdens, Whitleys, Wellingtons and Hudsons. He was a second pilot, air gunner, wireless operator. Thanks Dad!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 11/09/2021

More Remembrance Day pics with the last set being posted on Thursday.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 11/06/2021

Remembrance Day pics.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 11/04/2021

Remembrance Day pictures will be posted up until November 11th.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 11/02/2021

Well, it’s a wrap for the Boeing this season, with our ground crew flight. Shelley does all the administrative work for the charity, thank You. Hugs and kisses. 2nd pic is a thank you note from BC Children’s Hospital, and thirdly a ground crew member who we miss very very much. Winter flights are on with the 4-seater and many thanks to all our passengers and sponsors. We are $2,190.00 short of our $10,000.00 seasonal goal but hope to have some more flights. Remembrance Day pics to follow.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 10/20/2021

A special thanks to our long-time sponsors, Chad Sloane and Rob Heath of Western Propeller, established 1947. Pictured is Rob delivering the Stinson prop, overhauled and brand new looking, to Grand Forks! Cannot thank you enough for all the help during our 9 seasons of operations. Winter flights are on in the ’48 Stinson, a 4-seater enclosed cockpit!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 10/05/2021

Paul Barabonoff of Beasley, Thank you for donation to BC Children’s Hospital! Paul caught on to flying quickly, and not surprising with his machine operating skills/logger. He did the loop and hammerhead, weather cooling somewhat but nice fall colors and clear visibility. Natalie and Paul standing by the Boeing. Happy Birthday Natalie! Thanks for gas money!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 10/01/2021

Thank you Nadine Hetrick from Winlaw, for donation to BC Children’s Hospital! A natural flyer, caught on in about 10 minutes! Nadine, and Brent Jameson together by the Boeing. Thanks for chocolate cake and gas money!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 09/18/2021

Strapped in is Joy Gauvreau from Saskatoon! Thanks Joy for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Another smooth, clear September flight. Group shot L-R Ken and Jean Whiteman (Castlegar, Ken arranged flights, and Jean is Joy’s sister) then Henry and Joy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT_BnlKRdoQ

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 09/18/2021

Up front is Henry Gauvreau from Saskatoon. A bright smoke free morning flight. Thank you for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Have a safe journey home!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 09/14/2021

Carol Schlender from Trail still strapped into the Boeing after her surprise birthday flight from hubby Dennis. Weaving around clouds on our route and performing a loop and hammerhead on the inbound leg, it was obviously not like an Air Canada flight! Thank you Dennis and Carol for generous donation to BC Children’s Hospital! Happy Birthday Carol!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 09/02/2021

Up front is Don Nutini from Trail. His loving family surprised him with a flight for his 90th Birthday! Don volunteers many hours at the Trail airport, Pacific Coastal lands there. His Father worked with my Father, Nello at the CM&S limestone quarries at Fife! (above Christina Lake). Pictured from left to right are Kevin, Don and Ken Nutini. Thank you for generous donation to BC Children’s Hospital! Happy 90th Birthday Don!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 08/11/2021

Yesterday a man from Nelson, who would prefer to remain anonymous, became our first fuel sponsor with a cheque for $500.00, that’s almost 7 rides! What a surprise and much appreciated! I can say that his father was an RCAF Lancaster pilot whom I took flying many years ago now and as we were climbing out, he mentioned that his Lanc climbed out faster with a full load of bombs! I let him have the ship for a while and I could see and sense memories from a time long past re-visiting him. I must play this song “Boogie with Stu”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wCZOm0k8WQ

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 08/10/2021

Joe of Adams Aero Specialties Inc, again traveled from Vernon to Grand Forks to do the annual on the Boeing. This is the 9th year he has donated his services to the charity ensuring the ship is safe. I don't know what to say except Many Thanks, and it is always special spending time with you.

Timeline photos 08/03/2021

Timeline photos

Currently in their 9th season, Joe and Shelley Melatini of Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co. continue to wow guests with flights in their vintage aircraft over the beautiful Grand Forks area while donating 100% of proceeds to BC Children's Hospital.

As they work towards their goal of raising $100,000 for the Hospital, Joe and Shelley would like to thank their donors and sponsors who continued to support them during the past year. They also would like to acknowledge our healthcare heroes at BC Children’s: "My simple message to the healthcare staff would be to keep up the good work and enthusiasm they bring to the hospital and their patients, every day!"

Thank you, Joe and Shelley, for helping us to reach new heights in children's healthcare.

07/17/2021

This post is for our sponsors to thank them for their past support and hopefully forthcoming support!

Adams Aero Specialties, Joe Adams, Vernon; Aeroparts Plus, Dave Taylor, 100 Mile House; Christina Lake E-Blast, Donna; From Aviation, Dave From, Red Deer; Pennywise Publications, Karma Halleran, Kaslo; Western Propeller, Rob Heath, Richmond; and Vernon Morning Star, Karen Hill, Vernon.

We are clocking in at over $75,000 raised for BC Children’s Hospital. That’s ¾ of the way there, am hoping our sponsors hang in there, Thank You! Without you the airplane would not be operating and what’s amazing is the 100% safety record, due to some smart people in the aviation business and a consistently vigilant pilot, safety first!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 07/15/2021

This is Jim Head proudly standing beside his ’69 Dodge Charger. He’s always had a presence regarding the charity. Once he hauled a 9’ propeller to Western Propeller in Vancouver for us, and took a ride in the Boeing back in 2014 and donated a second ride to his barber! Now he is donating 2 flights every year until we’ve reached our goal! That’s fantastic, thanks Jim!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 07/12/2021

Second ride of the day, took Aisha Gauvin around the patch! Air was smooth and cool up at 7000’ ASL. Pictured is Bouma with her pack, Elliot and Aisha, ready to search out Snoopy in the wild blue yonder. Alisha also rode the loop and hammerhead maneuvers. The world looks quite different upside down, but one gets used to it! Next post we introduce Jim Head who kindly donated these 2 rides. Thanks Jim!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 07/12/2021

Elliot Vincent of Glade, ready and able, caught on to flying very quickly! Elliot (holding Bouma who is 8.5 years old) opted for the loop and hammerhead! The following 2 rides were donated by Jim Head, also of Glade. We’ll introduce him shortly! Our Phoenix fire attack crew had 15 new firestarts in a short time, skies are relatively clear.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 07/02/2021

A contented Stuart Dale of Grand Forks after his flight in the Boeing! Thank you for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Stu’s nephew is an Air Canada Captain and is glad to be back at work.
Happy Canada Day!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 06/30/2021

Warren Langland from Ft. Liard now of Grand Forks was gifted a ride by Tim Palek of Santa Rosa (above Christina Lake). Thank you very much for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Tim was gifted a ride a few years ago by his family. Let the kindness keep flowing! Warren was treated to a loop and a hammerhead, he is an airplane mechanic and said it was the most fun flight he’s had! Thank you!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 06/29/2021

Elly Mozeski from Creston up front! Thanks for the terrific donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Both flights were smooth and just the right temperature up at altitude, we cruise between 6500 -7000’ above sea level. Hugs to the Mozeski’s and Happy 40th Anniversary!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 06/29/2021

Dale and Elly Mozeski from Creston drove over to GF in a ’66 Olds convertible, what a beaut! Has pearl in the Arctic white paint and a 350 rocket engine. Thank you so much for your generous donation to BC Children’s Hospital! I think Dale felt a bit queasy after the loop and hammerhead, but got his legs back shortly thereafter.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 06/26/2021

Up front is Henry Lundquist! Thank you Ian and Susan Morrison of Balfour for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Group shot L-R: Erin Morrison, Henry, Susan and Ian. Henry did a great job flying on this calm, clear summer day!

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 06/23/2021

It is June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day. By chance this is the Seven Deers family from Grand Forks! Thank you David and Sanna for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. Group shot L-R: David, Sam, Sanna, Isaac and Mara. Sam is in Royal Military College in Kingston working towards Officer rank in our Navy. Isaac is building a house, Mara is thrilled I brought her bro Isaac back from flight and David carves marble https://www.shining-raven-woman.org/. Salish River People are deeply spiritual and care about harmony with our precious living surroundings. I often think there is a spirit guiding the Charity. Thank You.

Photos from Faith Hope & Charity Barnstorming Co.'s post 06/06/2021

She’s back to work for the 2021 season. Thanks to Morgan Lumley of Castlegar for donation to BC Children’s Hospital. He rode to G.F. on his dark cherry Harley. A warm clear day, one could see for miles. Morgan opted for the loop and hammerhead and did a good job flying! Thank You!

05/31/2021

The Boeing is ready for another season of fundraising for BC Children's Hospital. Flight test went very well and thank you Dave Taylor of Aeroparts Plus located at 100 Mile House for the new Concorde battery!

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