The CanEra Energy Corporation, which has an office in Estevan, has shown its support for the STARS Air Ambulance program by making a $20,000 donation.
The cheque presentation occurred during a luncheon on October 17 at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute. The funds will be directed towards a Saskatchewan mobile education and training program.
CanEra vice-president and general counsel Brian Evans said that most people know STARS for the red helicopters that have helped save many lives. But they offer much more than that.
Thanks to the mobile education vehicle, they're able to train a lot of health care workers and supervisors.
CanEra president and CEO J. Paul Charron said they want to support the communities where they operate, and they view STARS as a great cause worthy of support.
He gained greater insight into the value of STARS during a recent tour of the southeast oil patch, when he saw how vast the region is.
“We felt this was a perfect opportunity to support the organization,” said Charron.
Dave Evans with STARS said that donor support is integral to the organization, and they wouldn't exist without support from corporations, communities and government.
“This (money) will go a long ways,” said Dave Evans. “It allows us to be patient-centric, and it puts the patient first. It allows us to be innovative.”
Donations also enable them to maintain their emphasis on safety, and to have technology such as night vision-goggles so that flights at night are possible.
As for the mobile education unit, it allows STARS to get into the communities, particularly rural ones, and train those who provide critical care.