The Local HERO Foundation is launching a new initiative.
At its Cinco De Mayo themed fundraiser at Shell Place Saturday, organizers introduced the new Speed of Life campaign.
Board Chair of the HERO Foundation Paul Spring tells Mix News individuals or small business owners can buy an hour of a flight for HERO1, Wood Buffalo’s only 24/7 medevac service, for $1,200.
He says this equates to saving a life as most of the medevac missions are about 60 minutes.
“We asked the crowd to imagine if everybody was dead because they didn’t get medical aid in time. When you’re sitting at home looking across the table at your kid and say you’re not worth $1,200.”
The foundation was able to sell 100 hours at Saturday’s event – with the evening bringing in a total of $221,000.
“The funds raised will go 100 per cent towards operating costs of the aircraft, so that’s fuel, maintenance for the engines, transmission, blades, all the parts that make the helicopter fly,” added Spring.
Around $3 million each year is needed to keep the aircraft in the air. The money is used for labor, training, and equipment.
“Every hour we fly the aircraft has a maintenance legacy, so we have to maintain the engine, we have to maintain the gearboxes and all the other moving parts.”
While they met their goal – organizers say the program requires support throughout the year.
“I think we can get all the flying hours that the aircraft does covered,” said Spring.
Those still interested in donating can find more information on the Foundation’s website and the Local HERO Foundation Facebook page.