Vernon, BC - Friday, December 6, 2013
While Kal Tire team members are usually focused on getting drivers back on the road, a special fundraiser saw Saskatchewan stores raising money to help get people in the air. Yesterday, Kal Tire presented STARS in Saskatchewan with a cheque for $10,500.
“Life can change without a moment’s notice – from a workplace injury, a heart attack, a drowning, a spinal cord injury or a car crash”
To celebrate Kal Tire’s 60th anniversary earlier this year, several Kal Tire locations across the province raised money for the Saskatchewan STARS program. Initiatives included proceeds from in-store sales, summer barbeques, garage sales and more. The STARS helicopter air ambulances offer life-saving support to critically ill and injured patients in remote areas.
“We picked STARS as our charity because it is a really essential service in Saskatchewan,” says Al Lepage, Zone Manager, Kal Tire. “We have team members and customers spread out across the province, and it’s nice to know STARS can get them the emergency treatment they need, even if they’re far away from a hospital.”
STARS, a charitable, non-profit organization that saves lives across the Prairies, has Saskatchewan bases in Saskatoon and Regina, where BK117 helicopters are dispatched to ill and injured patients from La Ronge to Estevan.
Rod Gantefoer, Executive Director of the STARS Foundation in Saskatchewan says the donation from Kal Tire will go a long way to ensuring patients everywhere have access to the specialized medical care they need.
“Life can change without a moment’s notice – from a workplace injury, a heart attack, a drowning, a spinal cord injury or a car crash,” says Gantefoer. “For patients who are critically ill and injured, every minute saved before treatment can increase their chances of survival and improve their prospects for recovery.”
“We’re very grateful for Kal Tire’s efforts to support our foundation,” says Gantefoer. “Donations like this help keep STARS operating and saving lives.”
Kal Tire stores across the country raised money for various charities as a way to give back and support the communities that helped them grow over the past 60 years in Canada.
Photo caption: “Kal Tire presents cheque to STARS in Saskatchewan. From left to right: Rod Gantefoer, Executive Director, STARS Saskatchewan Foundation; Kent Peddie, Senior Zone Manager, Kal Tire; Al Lepage, Zone Manager, Kal Tire; and Cindy Seidl, Base Director, STARS Saskatoon.”