STARS News Release
Rural Manitobans win with STARS Lottery
July 31, 2013
Manitoba, July 30, 2013 – In April 2009 Amanda Legault, a 21-year-old mother, crashed into the side of a potato truck at an intersection while driving to visit a friend in the community of Altona. Legault’s car was dragged down the highway and she nearly lost her life before local emergency services arrived and began providing care.
While first responders worked to free Amanda from her wrecked vehicle, STARS air ambulance was called and quickly arrived, landing directly on the highway. Ground EMS would have taken two hours to get her to hospital, but once inside the helicopter STARS was able to move her to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre in just 18 minutes.
“The only thing I know for sure is how grateful I am that STARS was in Manitoba that day,” said Amanda. “I often wonder if I would be alive if it wasn’t for their rescue.”
Amanda’s story of survival is just one of more than 500 involving STARS since the charitable non-profit organization began operating in Manitoba in 2009. Because STARS is a charitable organization, Amanda, and all STARS patients, do not receive bills for their flight. That’s because STARS relies on community support and government funding to continue responding 24-7, 365 days a year.
Onboard the helicopter we fly with the most qualified emergency nurses, paramedics and doctors. The helicopter is operated by a team of aviation experts, including two pilots on every flight. We also have a dedicated ground crew which consists of two highly skilled engineers and a team of knowledgeable and efficient support staff.
Funding from the community also enables STARS to fly with advanced medical equipment and supplies onboard the aircraft. This means a patient benefits from an intensive care unit (ICU) environment as soon as STARS arrives in your community, versus waiting until patients arrive at a major hospital.
Imagine having the power to bring an ICU directly to a loved one following a head-on-collision. Or to fly a neighbour, friend or co-worker experiencing a heart attack across flooded, washed-out roads. Or the ability to land in remote territories throughout Manitoba, and move at 250 kms per hour directly toward a major hospital. That is the power given to our STARS aviation and medical crew members thanks to the generous support of Manitobans.
In 2012, STARS responded with our ICU in the sky 187 times in the province, and we have already flown 118 missions by the end of July 2013. Most of these flights involved rural residents, or those travelling or spending time outside of the bigger cities.
With your support STARS will continue offering time and hope when you need us most.
One way we hope to raise needed funding is through our STARS Lottery campaign that is running until Aug. 14. We are asking Manitobans to help by purchasing a ticket for a chance to win one of 3,255 prizes, which have a combined value of more than $2.7 million. For more information about STARS please visit stars.ca. Information about the STARS Lottery campaign, or to purchase a ticket, please visit starslotterymanitoba.ca.
Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a STARS Lottery ticket. We hope Manitobans will take comfort when seeing your distinctive red helicopter flying across our prairie skies.
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STARS operates from bases in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Our first base opened in Calgary in 1985 thanks to contributions from the Lions Club.
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