Car show show doubles as fundraiser for ambulance

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Hundreds of Central Otago’s most extraordinary cars and bikes will gather at Pioneer Park to raise funds for Dunstan Hospital.

Alexandra Cars in the Park, organised by the Central Otago Rod and Custom Club, would be a display of classic, vintage and muscle cars, hot rods and bikes, organiser Hunter Clarke said.

This would be the first time the event had taken place during the blossom festival, he said.

Between 300 and 400 cars were expected, plus food, market and trade stalls.

The club hoped to raise up to $30,000 for a power load system for Dunstan Hospital’s ambulance.

Central Otago Health Services acting chief executive Debi Lawry said they “could not do what they do” without fundraising efforts like this.

“We are totally dependent on the community so it is amazing that they prioritise us and our needs like this.”

The power load system enabled stretchers to be lifted electronically into and out of the ambulance, she said.

This allowed safer loading and unloading of patients, especially at Dunedin Hospital which had no ramp facility.

It would also reduce staff injuries from manually lifting stretchers, she said.

The event was planned to run every second year, alternating with Central Otago Wings ‘N Wheels, at Alexandra Airport, which last year attracted about 6000 visitors, Mr Clarke said.

Alexandra Cars in the Park

Blossom Festival Weekend

Sunday, September 23

10am to 3pm

Pioneer Park,

Tarbert St, Alexandra.