STARS News Release
K+S celebrates opening of Legacy mine with $1 million gift to STARS
May 2, 2017
Bethune, SK, May 2, 2017 — Saskatchewan’s newest solution potash mine may draw its product from underground, but the company that built it is already looking to the sky to give back to its employees and the people of the province.
At the grand opening of their Legacy mine today, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a $1 million gift to STARS to help fund the non-profit’s helicopter air ambulance operations in Saskatchewan.
“It is our pleasure to support such an important organization,” said Dr. Ulrich Lamp, president and chief executive officer of K+S Potash Canada. “We are grateful to have STARS in our province, and we want to ensure their life-saving services are available for years to come.”
The donation by KSPC will be directed toward the operation of STARS’ bases in Regina and Saskatoon. The Government of Saskatchewan provides approximately 50 per cent of the funds needed to run STARS in Saskatchewan, meaning STARS must raise the remaining $10.5 million annually through fundraising events and individual, community and corporate donations.
“Today K+S Potash Canada made a substantial investment in the health and safety of its employees, their communities and of the entire province,” said Andrea Robertson, president and chief executive officer of STARS.
“This generous gift will help save many lives and will impact countless others. But it will also fuel innovation, enabling us to continue providing world-class emergency air medical care and transport to those who need it most.”
KSPC had a strong connection to STARS well before the mine opening. The son of a KSPC employee was cared for and transported by STARS after he sustained multiple injuries in a snowmobile accident in January 2016.
“Timing was critical, so it was very important for STARS to be able to come and assist,” said former patient Brad Cochrane. “I honestly could not thank them enough for being there for me.”
“Because STARS was there for Brad, Brad is still there for us,” said KSPC employee and father Gene Cochrane. “A true success story.”
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 24/7 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 the K+S Group
K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for more than 125 years. The products we produce from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. Potash and salt are integral nutrients for the megatrend of a constantly growing and increasingly prosperous global population striving for a higher standard of living. This will result in increasing consumption of mineral resources. We serve the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide. With more than 14,000 employees, K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2016 of about € 3.5 billion and an EBIT of € 229 million. Learn more about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.
About the Legacy Project
K+S is putting its more than one hundred years of mining experience and world-class expertise to work on the Legacy Project, a potash solution mine and production facility being built near Moose Jaw. It will be the first new greenfield potash mine built in Saskatchewan in over forty years. Commissioning started in summer of 2016. K+S expects it will produce its first marketable tonne of potash by the end of Q2 2017 and is projected to reach two-million-tonnes of production capacity by the end of 2017. The Legacy Project will mean new job opportunities for Saskatchewan workers and new business opportunities for Saskatchewan companies supplying goods and services to this major economic development. K+S is growing Saskatchewan, while providing the potash that is needed to help feed a growing world population. More information at www.ks-potashcanada.com.
For more information or interviews:
STARS Communications Lead, Saskatchewan
(306) 565-8000 | firstname.lastname@example.org | stars.ca
Communications Specialist K+S Potash Canada
(306) 270-9148 | Sydney.Gossard@ks-potashcanada.com