REGINA, Sept. 17, 2021 — More than $427,000 was raised by four Saskatchewan business and community leaders at the sixth annual Rescue on the Prairie fundraising event for STARS, held yesterday.
This year’s brave participants included Wayne Morsky, Board Chair, REAL; Jordan Clarke, Sales Director – SK & MB, Ritchie Bros.; Ryan Saxon, President, Border Insulators and RR Tank and Equipment; and Corey Leonard, COO, Western Sales.
Rescue participants were airlifted by helicopter to a remote location outside of Regina Thursday morning. To secure their ‘rescue’ and return to civilization, they needed to raise at least $50,000 each using their mobile phones and personal networks. The public was encouraged to support the participants by donating online.
“Today was a fantastic day! [It was] tremendous to see the way the people of Saskatchewan stepped up to support STARS; no different than the way that STARS steps up to help the people of Saskatchewan,” said participant Jordan Clarke.
Each individual and their STARS crew partner participated in a series of challenges, including a flight readiness race, simulated medical and aviation scenarios; a fundraising challenge to see who could raise the most money over the phone in thirty minutes; and a timed scavenger hunt through the remote site. Winners of the challenges received sponsored cash prizes to go toward their individual fundraising totals.
The opportunity to learn more about STARS’ operations hands-on through the challenges enabled some of the participants to gain a deeper appreciation for the organization and its importance to the safety and well-being of communities across Western Canada.
“Learning what a day-in-the-life looks like for the medical staff and pilots really helped give me context as to just how important the money is,” said participant Corey Leonard.
After government support, STARS must raise 50 per cent of the funds needed to run the Regina and Saskatoon bases. Raising $10.5 million annually is achieved through corporate sponsorship, fundraising and community support.
Rescue on the Prairie has become one of the organization’s largest one-day fundraisers, raising more than $2.7 million in its six years of existence. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“STARS was built by the community for the community, and this amazing event certainly demonstrated that,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO. “A heartfelt thank you to the people of Saskatchewan for their incredibly generous support.”
Simply put, STARS fights for life. Since we embarked on our first mission in 1985, we’ve been driven by the goal of providing people the vital care they need when they need it the most. Whether it’s offering hands-on training to rural medical providers or providing rapid, emergency medical transportation for the critically ill and injured, we operate 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, anticipating and acting when people need our help. Learn more at stars.ca.