WINNIPEG — Seven Manitoba business people have been stranded on an island in Manitoba, unable to leave until they raise enough money for the STARS air ambulance program.
The annual fundraiser is in its third year and has raised half a million dollars.
This year the seven participants each set their own goal and while on the island will call people to bring in donations and complete tasks to meet their goal. They will then be flown back to civilization.
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STARS is partially funded by the government in Manitoba, but they must raise the remainder of the funds to stay afloat.
So far this year STARS has flown to 371 life saving missions. Last year they did a total of 177.
Currently STARS is only dispatched for emergencies where a patient is likely to be in critical condition from either a medical emergency (heart attack, stroke, pregnancy complication, respiratory illness, etc.) or traumatic injury (high speed highway collisions, farming accidents, falls, burns, etc).
Here’s a list of this year’s participants. Manitobans can support them in their fundraising efforts by visiting the rescue on the island website.
Chris Goertzen – Mayor of Steinbach
Gene Fraser – Vice President MacDon Industries
Colin Penner – Farm Management Instructor
Jason Dubois – President Len Dubois Trucking Inc.
Rod Hill – Ex-Winnipeg Blue Bomber
Jessica Dumas – Chair, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
Nicole Chabot – Vice President of L. Chabot Enterprises Ltd.