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STARS News Release

Municipal Hail celebrates 100 years with generous gift to save lives

April 11, 2017

Regina, SK, April 11, 2017 — STARS air ambulance aircraft in Saskatchewan will now be adorned with a new logo, thanks to a recently announced $1 million gift from Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance (SMHI), a producer led, Saskatchewan based agricultural insurance association.

Officials with Municipal Hail and STARS unveiled the logo on the iconic red helicopters earlier today at the STARS Regina base. Municipal Hail announced its donation last month at their annual general meeting.

"We are committed to our farmer customers, and during our one hundredth anniversary year, we wanted to invest in an organization that is making a meaningful difference to their lives,” said Rodney Schoettler, CEO of Municipal Hail. “This investment will help to continue providing an important health-care service to people in the hundreds of communities we serve across the province.”

In announcing the sizeable gift, Schoettler encouraged other organizations in the province to support STARS. “Without corporate and community support, STARS can’t carry out its life-saving work. We challenge all businesses in Saskatchewan to contribute in whatever way they can to keep this much needed organization in the sky.”

Municipal Hail’s donation will be directed toward the operation of STARS’ helicopter air ambulance bases in Regina and Saskatoon. The provincial government provides approximately 50 per cent of the funds needed to run STARS in Saskatchewan, meaning the STARS Foundation must raise the remaining $11 million annually.

“The generous support from Municipal Hail will help STARS to continue responding to critically ill and injured patients,” said Denise Belman, executive director of the STARS Foundation, Saskatchewan. “At STARS, it’s all about the patient, and we are thrilled by the support from SMHI that allows us to help Saskatchewan people when they need care the most.”

About STARS: STARS is a charitable, non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides time, hope and life-saving support to 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 through rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation. STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week out of six bases across western Canada, where it has carried out more than 33,000 missions in its thirty year history. STARS has flown more than 4,000 missions to 500 communities across Saskatchewan since establishing bases in Regina and Saskatoon in 2012.

About Municipal Hail: Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance (SMHI) is a municipal hail insurance organization owned, operated and controlled by Saskatchewan farmers since 1917. SMHI is governed by the Municipal Hail Insurance Act and is administered by a board of nine directors elected by the rural municipalities of Saskatchewan.

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For more information, interviews or event photos: Mark Oddan STARS Communications Lead, Saskatchewan (306) 565-8000 | |