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STARS pilot Ian Bonnell poses with members of the Verwey family.

Manitoba farm family issues challenge to support STARS

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

New STARS app calls for help 24-7

Smartphone app ideal for those working alone and in remote locations, say STARS officials

A new smartphone app won’t make harvest safer, but it could make it easier to get help if emergencies occur. Farm workers who are working alone in remote locations now have access to a new technology developed by Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS). SOLUS™ is a new smartphone app that enables a person to


STARS celebrated 30 years in operation in May. The program began 
in Calgary in 1985.

Stranded on an island for a good cause

STARS Rescue on the Island event will soon see a number of well-known Manitoba community members left on an isolated island until they can earn their way home

Elm Creek producer Colin Penner will leave his tractor cab mid-harvest to be dropped on a remote island hoping he gets enough support from the agricultural community to get home. “It’s not every day you get to participate in a phenomenal fundraiser like this. It does make me nervous to be away during our busy

STARS heavily reliant on donors

Patients are not required to pay for emergency transport

Since its conception 30 years ago, STARS has been a not-for-profit organization and in Manitoba, patients do not receive any request for repayment of the cost of their transport. An average flight runs at approximately, $5,400 and a medically equipped helicopter costs $5 million. Funding for the service comes from donations and fundraising, and the