STARS has responded to more than 300 emergencies in Manitoba since arriving in in April 2011. STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions since 1985, and operates from six bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

 

Winnipeg, MB, Oct. 23, 2012 – Red River Co-op, as the exclusive sponsor for a new fundraising campaign called the STARS 24 Hour Challenge, presented STARS air ambulance with a $15,000 donation today at STARS’ Winnipeg base,

Through this campaign, Red River Co-op and STARS are challenging Manitobans to show off what they can do for 24 hours consecutively during the month of January. Campaign participants will be asked to raise pledges with donations directly supporting STARS as it moves from a 12-hour a day operation to 24 hours in 2013.

“We understand the importance of the life-saving service that STARS provides and the need for this vital assistance to be available 24/7,” says Gregg Reiter, general manager of Red River Co-op. “That is why Red River is proud to support this worthy challenge and would also like to urge all business and residents of Manitoba to support this fundraiser.”

To enter, participants are encouraged to register at stars.ca where they will find challenge pledge sheets and campaign information. Suggested activities include 24-hour hockey games or tournaments, an all-night board game derby, businesses staying open around the clock, or any other fun event that brings communities together. Special prizes will be awarded for teams that raise the most funds for STARS life-saving missions.

STARS is a physician-driven, non-profit organization which relies on government and community support to continue providing critical care and rapid transportation.

 “Safety is our top priority during missions,” says pilot Jon Gogan, base director for STARS in Manitoba. “Our flight crews are very experienced and train throughout the year to maintain comfort in both daylight and night operations.  STARS use of night vision goggles for all night missions is another highly effective tool we have incorporated into our safety culture.”

All STARS pilots are trained and certified in the use of night vision goggles, a technology that STARS began using in 2003. The goggles significantly increase the ability to locate and reach patients at night. STARS is the only civilian helicopter air ambulance service in Canada to have a night vision goggle program.

STARS signed a 10-year service agreement with the Government of Manitoba on Feb. 22, 2012 to provide helicopter air ambulance from a permanent base in Winnipeg. This agreement comes after STARS was initially requested to provide service during emergency flooding in 2009 and 2011.

STARS has responded to more than 300 emergencies in Manitoba since arriving in in April 2011. STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions since 1985, and operates from six bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

For more information:

Cam Heke |STARS Communications

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