Manitoba farm family issues challenge to support STARS

STARS donation

Portage la Prairie farm donating the profits from a 40-acre soybean crop 
to support the air ambulance service

A Manitoba farm family is donating proceeds from a crop to support the STARS air ambulance program and issuing a challenge to other farms to do the same.

They’ve planted 40 acres of soybeans and will donate the net profits to STARS, said Jill Verwey of Verwey Farms in the Portage la Prairie area.

STARS is a critically important service to the farm and rural community and after hearing the recent Critical Care on the Air Radiothon which aired across radio stations in Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler on May 16 and 17 their family felt compelled to do something to support it too.

STARS helps save lives by getting urgently needed medical care to people as quickly as possible, said Verwey.

“When an accident happens, often it’s very serious and you really need that fast service,” she said.

In Manitoba STARS air ambulance teams flew 619 missions during the 2016-17 fiscal year from its base in Winnipeg.

Legend Seeds, Shur-Gro/Munro and Syngenta Canada donated seed and inputs for the crop while Pro Image Signs of Portage la Prairie contributed to the sign placed adjacent to it.

Lori Derksen, STARS development officer (events) said their organization is thankful for this support from Verwey Farms, adding that all funds raised in Manitoba stay in the province.

“The need for support from our allies is very real,” Derksen said. “STARS carries out an average of two emergency missions each day in Manitoba. The support of our allies like Verwey Farms helps keep STARS on the cutting edge of critical care and ensures that Manitobans who need emergency medical care receive it quickly.”

STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization supported by donations from individuals, service groups, business and corporations, municipalities, and through collaborative agreements with provincial governments.

Any families interested in taking up the Verwey’s challenge can contact Derksen at 204-833-4619 or [email protected]

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