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STARS News Release

Eight to be stranded on island for STARS fundraiser

August 24, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is calling on Manitobans to help rescue eight brave business and community leaders from a remote island on Sept. 16, as part of the annual Rescue on the Island fundraising event.

“It’s the fourth year we’ve held this fundraiser, which will see participants flown by helicopter to a secret island in southern Manitoba,” says Els Fenton, Executive Director with the STARS Manitoba Foundation. “Once on the island they’ll compete against each other to raise the most funds in one day using their mobile phones and personal networks.”

Each participant will need to reach their personal fundraising goal before being rescued. The participants will be paired with STARS crew members and presented with an Amazing Race style blend of survival and medical challenges.

“This is our largest fundraising event in Manitoba,” says Fenton. “As a not-for-profit organization, STARS relies on community support and donations.”

Rescue on the Island has raised over $750,000 since starting in 2013, and this year’s goal is $450,000.

The community can help by going to, where event participants have profile pages set up to receive donations.

This year’s participants:
• Louis Trepel – Community advocate
• Alain Nadeau - Fire Chief, R.M. of La Broquerie
• Kevin Comte – VP Sales and Marketing, Ag division of Enns Brothers
• Justin Swandel – Realtor, Terracon Development
• Richard Cloutier – News Director with CJOB Radio
• Brad Lawson – President, Clark’s Paultry
• John Oades –Fleet Manager, Beaver Trucking
• Anupam Kothari – President, Kothari Group (Hampton Inn)

STARS responded to 568 emergencies last year in Manitoba, and is set to fly even more missions in 2016.

The service provides specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS physicians, nurses, paramedics and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS has bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

For more information:

Cam Heke
Communications Lead, Manitoba
155A West Hangar Road
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3Z1
204.833.4646 (Winnipeg)
1-866-300-6646 (Outside Winnipeg)