Rescue on the Island raises $380,000!
The annual Rescue on the Island event raised a total of $380,000 by the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 16 for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS). Eight community and business leaders were stranded for the day on Carter Island near Pinawa, MB, where they participated in a blend of survival and medical challenges while fundraising for STARS.
“STARS truly is a game changer for our province,” said participant Kevin Comte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Enns Brothers. “STARS is saving lives and providing quick access to health care in areas where it is otherwise quite difficult.”
This was the fourth year for the annual Rescue event, which has raised over $1.1 million since 2013.
“This is our largest fundraising event in Manitoba,” says Els Fenton, Executive Director of the STARS Foundation in Manitoba. “As a not-for-profit organization, STARS relies on community support and we appreciate the very generous efforts of our Rescue on the Island participants.”
Participants stepped into the world of the STARS medical crew while on the island, by being presented with a series of medical challenges that brought home the reality of what STARS crew experience during real events.
“We need STARS in rural areas,” said participant and La Broquerie Fire Chief Alain Nadeau. “I’m a local firefighter, and I can go back over the past 37 years and there are lots of calls where if we had STARS we would have saved a lot of lives.”
Individual fundraising amounts achieved by participants can be found at rescueontheisland.ca
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 Poultry
• 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.