New vehicle for trust offers more comfort
A new Mazda CX5 has replaced the 17-year-old Toyota HiAce van providing the Wheels to Dunstan health service.
The Wheels to Dunstan Charitable Trust helps increasing numbers of non-driving Wanaka patients to get to Dunstan Hospital and back in one day.
The trust was a Wanaka Rotary initiative but is equally supported by the Wanaka Masonic Lodge.
It has replaced the van with a car for safety, comfort and seating reasons.
Operational records showed four passenger seats were enough. Last year the HiAce carried four passengers on just three occasions.
Funders of the new car include the Central Lakes Trust ($23,384), Otago Community Trust ($9,000), Dunedin City Mazda (discount of $5,180 ) and The Grandview Probus Club ($1,000).
The Callis Trust donated $5,000 towards vehicle operating expenses.
In residence: Julian Ford at work in his studio.
On the road: Admiring the new Wheels to Dunstan vehicle are trustees Peter Harridge, Gordon Girvan and Callis Trust donor Bryan Lloyd.