Melville Mayor Walter Streelasky presented a cheque of 4-thousand, 3-hundred 83 dollars to members of STARS Air Ambulance Thursday afternoon.
Streelasky says they play a vital role for not only Melville and district, but also for anyone in the province who needs it.
“It is so gratifying to know that our citizens were apart of this. But in some small way I was apart of this, and it’s just a wonderful service that our city gets but many, many other communities benefit by this also.”
The money was raised through Streelasky’s personal initiative of cleaning 10 kilometres of ditch along highway 10 in support of STARS back in April.
In the last 5 years STARS has provided service to more than 30 people in the Melville area.
One of them was Marcy Yewsuk’s 4-year-old daughter Brynleigh.
Marcy says nearly 2 years ago on their farm near Melville, Brynleigh was in a farming accident.
“She was playing around slash helping dad, and a piece of farm equipment had fallen on her head,” she said “so she ended up with severe traumatic brain injury.”
“She was rushed from STARS from here to Saskatoon.”
Marcy says her daughter is doing wonderful, and is determined to be a kid again. For support, Brynleigh has small, fiberglass braces – or AFOs – that she wears on her feet as well as occasionally using a small walker.
STARS pilot Matt Sanderson also attended the cheque presentation. He says it’s donations like this that makes you proud of what you do.
“Being apart of the organization it kind of makes you happy and proud of rural Saskatchewan.”
Being originally from Rosetown, Sanderson says he can relate to people feeling that reassurance of knowing there is a program like STARS out there that can save lives.