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Helicopter pilot and father left paralyzed

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Our names are Nicole and Jesse Millest and we are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of our friends Sarel and Jenny Hofmeyr.
Sarel is the loving husband to Jenny and father to 7 year old, Heinrich. The family emigrated from South Africa to Canada five years ago, leaving behind their established careers. Jenny, a large animal vet tech and Sarel, a helicopter pilot. Over the past five years, they have both been working hard to find their footing. Sarel had to get his Canadian helicopter license which took a few years and thousands of dollars. He completed his licensing just as the pandemic hit. In April of 2021 Sarel moved his family across the country when he received an opportunity to work as a pilot outside of Edmonton, Alberta.
While working on Sunday January 23rd, 2022, Sarel’s chopper crash landed into a wooded area, 30 minutes South of Edmonton, Alberta. We are very grateful that Sarel and his passengers survived the crash, however, he did sustain a major spinal cord injury. The doctors don’t believe he will walk again. Those of you who know Sarel, know that he has a stubborn streak a mile wide. If anyone can prove those doctors wrong, it’s Sarel! That said, he has a long road of recovery ahead, and he will not be able to fly again.
Without a career to help support his family and the mounting expenses they face, the Hofmeyr’s need our help. Sarel’s generosity knows no bounds. He’s the first one to show up when anyone needs help. It is our hope that we can now show Sarel a sliver of the generosity he has shown so many others. Just a few of the financial struggles that they now face are:
  • Sarel’s lost salary
  • Jenny’s lost wages during time while Sarel is in hospital.
  • Wheelchair
  • Moving expenses so they can move into a more wheelchair accessible home
  • Accessibility equipment for the home and vehicle.
  • Another year of university tuition for Jenny since she now has to postpone the defense of her thesis, which she was scheduled to do mid February.
  • And countless other unknown expenses to come.
Jenny and Sarel brought their young son, Heinrich, to Canada to give him a better life. Let’s help them do that!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are grateful for any amount that you can give.
Nicole & Jesse on behalf of Sarel, Jenny and Heinrich


  • Mignonne Smith
    • $40 
    • 8 mos
  • B. Peters
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $500 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Nicole Millest
Gloucester, ON
Jennifer Hofmeyr

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