​PSAC raises record-setting $1.15 million for STARS Air Ambulance

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The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) annual Stars & Spurs gala held over the weekend raised a record-setting $1.15 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS).

More than $15 million has been raised over the 24 years of STARS & Spurs, PSAC says.

STARS was established as a not-for-profit in 1985 and currently operates out of bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

In 2016-17, STARS says it flew 3,022 missions carrying critically ill or injured patients.

“While safety incidents in the sector are fortunately down, PSAC members and their customers continue to appreciate STARS being available should disaster strike,” PSAC CEO Mark Salkeld said in a statement.

“Despite three of the most difficult years this industry has ever seen, oilfield services companies and their customers, the E&P companies, showed overwhelming support and appreciation for STARS, generously giving to ensure the continued success of this critical service that is delivered with the highest levels of competence, skills and compassion.”

STARS CEO Andrea Robertson added that, “Allies like PSAC help us soar. It is this support that fuels our passion and innovation as we deliver critical care to our patients…PSAC’s generosity and commitment has never wavered during times of growth and change, and for that, we are incredibly grateful.”

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