The STARS air ambulance calendar is coming back for the 2019 year to showcase their Very Important Patients and raise operational funds as well.
The printing costs of the calendars are covered by Viterra, as STARS plans to sell over 70,000 of the calendars, raising about $1 Million.
STARS Very Important Patient Chad Rogers has shared his survival story for STARS several times, and said it holds a high level of importance to him.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here,” Rogers said. “Like I said, I’m not sure what we did before we had them, I just didn’t have the time to recover so it means everything to me and my family.”
President and CEO of Viterra Kyle Jeworski said they ask their staff what charities the company should support every year, and STARS always ranks at the top.
“We’re very rural focused, we’ve got assets all across rural Western Canada and we’ve got customers that support those assets so we’re in almost every community either directly with our staff, with our assets or with our customers.”
President and CEO of STARS Andrea Robertson said one STARS mission touches many lives.
“Because when we fly someone it’s not for a broken finger, it’s often the very worst day of that person’s life,” Robertson said. “So it affects their family, their community, (and) where they work.”
The calendar campaign is now in it`s 26th year, with about half a million door-to-door visits made each year for the campaign.