PHOTO: From left, hospital director of nursing Joanne Uttley, Coffs Harbour Hyundai Dealer Principal Warren Skinner and Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford at the cheque handover.
HYUNDAI’S involvement in Coates Hire Rally Australia has not only thrilled fans with the feats of its WRC drivers but also delivered a valuable aid to child patients at Coffs Harbour Hospital.
The hospital’s pediatric and adolescent ward yesterday received a $5275 donation to purchase vital medial assessment equipment following a fund-raising program conducted during the rally.
The money was raised by Hyundai donating $15 for every member of the public who took its free Tuscon Trail shuttle ride between the Coffs Harbour city square and competitors’ service park at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
The service ran all weekend and “earned” the money that the Hyundai Help for Kids program gave to be donated in the name of rally charity, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.
Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford, assisted by Coffs Harbour Hyundai dealer principal Warren Skinner, handed a cheque to hospital director of Nursing Joanne Uttley.
“I’d like to thank Hyundai Help for Kids, Rally Australia and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation for this – we’re very, very grateful,” Ms Uttley said.
The money will allow the hospital to buy a Connex Vital Signs Monitor for the pediatric and adolescent ward.
The equipment allows monitoring of vital signs including temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels. It will enable more accurate assessment of vital signs to improve clinical outcomes.
“This will save lives. The quicker you can work out what’s wrong with a child, the quicker you can recover that child,” Mr Skinner said.
Mr Rainsford said the donation through Hyundai Help for Kids was an example of how the rally could bring community benefits.
“This is a very nice conclusion for Rally Australia – to be able to provide something very meaningful to the community and recognise the support they’ve shown towards the event,” he said.