Six hotrods were parked on the lawn in front of Dunstan Hospital last week.
The car owners represented the Central Otago Rod and Custom Car Club and were at the hospital to present a cheque for $18,000 to buy a PowerLoad system for use with the ambulances on November 28.
Acting chief executive and director of nursing Debi Lawryaccepted the giant-sized cheque on behalf of the hospital.
Club spokesman Hunter Clarke said the money had been raised from the club’s “Alexandra Cars in the Park” car show, held at Pioneer Park on the Sunday following the Blossom Festival in September.
It included displays of classic, vintage and muscle cars, hotrods and bikes.
He said the show drew 160 cars, which was “good for the first event”, and he was pleased with the level of community support it attracted.
People came from as far away as Auckland and Invercargill to attend the show.
Ms Lawry said she was delighted with the donation.
The money would go towards a lift designed for use with an ambulance.
It would enable a patient on a stretcher to be lifted in and out of an ambulance easily without risking injury to staff members and ambulance crew.
She said staff risked back and wrist injuries and pulled muscles by straining to lift heavy patients.