The children’s ward in Dunedin Hospital is home to a new bright red sports car to transport anxious patients to operating theatres.
Mosgiel District Lions Club president John Stewart said the red Mercedes-Benz AMG mini car cost $440.
Agora Butchery gave the club $200 and the remainder was raised from sausage sizzles run by club members including one outside the butchery in Gordon Rd on October 19.
The car was operated using a remote control, allowing hospital staff to use the vehicle to transport children from the ward to operating theatres.
He hoped the car would help scared children in the ward cope with the anxiety of the impending operation.
“This gives them something to look forward to.”
Charge nurse manager Shirley Bell, speaking at a presentation in the ward on Tuesday said she was “grateful” for the club giving the “absolutely awesome” car to the ward.
“I’m sure many kids are going to have a lot of fun in it.”