STARS air ambulance hopes to stay in the skies, but needs support from the public with their 2018 lottery.
The lottery is off to its best start in history, with 54% of tickets already sold.
President and CEO Andrea Robertson says despite tough economic times, STARS still needs donations to stay in service.
“We know that what we ask is not a small thing, to ask for ongoing support year in and year out, when it is tough economic times and you have many people asking you (for support),” Robertson says. “So why STARS? We’ve had example after example; this year’s been a very tough year, and I think Saskatchewan has been very hard hit by the recent tragic events. It’s what we do every day.”
STARS flight nurse Tammy Hagerty talks about some of the equipment used in the skies.
“We have our monitor, which we put every single patient on, so through our monitor we can see exactly what their vital signs are, we’re able to shock through them, so if they go into cardiac arrest, we’re able to shock right through our monitor,(As well as) all of our medications,” Hagerty says. “What we have in STARS is like an ICU up on the helicopter, so whatever we can do in ICU we do in the helicopter.”
While STARS receives 50% of their funding from the provincial government, they depend on donations for the other half of their operating budget.
Early-bird deadline is June 27.