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STARS News Release

Rescue on the Island for STARS raises $200,000

September 11, 2014

Manitoba – More than $200,000 was raised by eight community and business leaders in one day at this year’s Rescue on the Island STARS air ambulance fundraising event on Elk Island, north of Victoria Beach on Sept. 10, 2014.

"Manitoba is a very caring community," said event participant Andy Dutfield, vice president of Lafarge Canada Inc. "I want to do my share for Manitobans by supporting STARS, and it's my intention to continue doing that on an ongoing basis".

All participants were airlifted by STARS, and an Allied Wings helicopter, to the Island where they competed against each other to raise the most funds in one day using their mobile phones and personal networks.

Each was presented with a series of challenges on the island, including building sand castles, a medical challenge, and an SOS signalling contest.

Those involved this year included:

This year’s brave competitors include: • Tracy Chappell – Owner, Chappell Ag Ventures Inc. • Chuck Davidson - President, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce • Andy Dutfield - Vice President, Lafarge Canada Inc. • Martin Harder - Mayor of Winkler • Fred Hiebert – Owner, United Transportation Driver Training • Michelle Lalonde – President, Tiber River Naturals • Brad LeMay - Grunthal Lions Club and Owner, LeMazing Mechanical • Vlad Pleskot - Owner, VP Express Inc. and star of History network’s “Ice Road Truckers”

“We want to express our deep appreciation to everyone involved,” said STARS Winnipeg base director and pilot David Harding. “This was an opportunity to build awareness about the service we provide to Manitobans, while also raising funds and connecting with some of our community leaders in a fun and interactive way.”

STARS had a backup helicopter brought in for the event, while the active on-duty aircraft remained mission ready at the Winnipeg base.


STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS has flown more than 30,000 missions, including over 650 in Manitoba. We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie.


Cam Heke STARS Communications 1.204.833.4646