WINNIPEG — Eight business and community leaders are being dropped off on a remote Manitoba island and will have to raise some cold hard cash before being rescued.
Rescue on the Island is an annual fundraiser on behalf of the STARS Manitoba Foundation and STARS air ambulance.
It’s the fourth year for the event and the eight participants will be dropped off September 16 somewhere in southern Manitoba.
“Once on the island they’ll compete against each other to raise the most funds in one day using their mobile phones and personal networks,” said Els Fenton, executive director with the STARS Manitoba Foundation.
Each person must raise $50,000 before being rescued.
“This is our largest fundraising event in Manitoba,” added Fenton. “As a not-for-profit organization, STARS relies on community support and donations.”
More than $750,000 has been raised since 2013. This year’s goal is $450,000.
This year’s participants include:
- Louis Trepel — Community advocate
- Alain Nadeau — Fire chief, R.M. of La Broquerie
- Kevin Comte — VP sales and marketing, ag division of Enns Brothers
- Justin Swandel — Realtor, Terracon Development
- Richard Cloutier — News director, 680 CJOB
- Brad Lawson — President, Clark’s Paultry
- John Oades — Fleet manager, Beaver Trucking
- Anupam Kothari — President, Kothari Group (Hampton Inn)
Donations can be made at RescueOnTheIsland.ca.