Flinders Lions car show fundraiser supports patient care at Peninsula Health

Flinders Motoring Heritage event organiser Mary Iles with one of this year’s winning entries. Photo: Supplied.

Community events are back and the Flinders Motoring Heritage event returned in a COVID Safe way this month, celebrating an array of prestige, vintage, unique and collector vehicles, all the while raising funds for Peninsula Health.

After the event was cancelled in 2020, Flinders Motoring Heritage Committee member Mary Iles says organisers were delighted to welcome back a crowd of more than 1,000 to the heart of Flinders on 4 April.

“We were really excited to be back this year, because this event already means so much to the exhibitors and the hundreds of people who attend,” says Mary, who also devotes her time to the Lions Club of Flinders – who manage the event.

“We understand public safety continues to be a priority at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, which is why we took all the necessary precautions to come together in the most appropriate way and ensure the safety of every attendee.”

Sponsors, exhibitors and visitors contributed $28,000 to Peninsula Health, with the money to be used to purchase a cardiorespiratory monitor for the Special Care Nursey at Frankston Hospital.

Flinders Motoring Heritage Event Chair Sven Burchartz makes a cheque presentation to Peninsula Health Fundraising Manager Mike Miller. The fundraising tally has risen further since the event.

“We are really pleased to be making this donations so world-class healthcare can continue to be delivered right here on the Mornington Peninsula” says Mary.

“To be able to make a difference in particular for Peninsula Health’s littlest patients who need it the most, is something which means so much to us as organisers and all those who attended this month’s event.”

Peninsula Health Special Care Nursery Nurse Unit Manager Alison Conroy-Joyce says the technology will make a huge difference.

“A cardiorespiratory monitor allows us to use the most advanced technology. These monitors provide incredibly accurate vital sign monitoring and alert nursing staff of any sudden deterioration in the clinical state of the baby,” says Alison.

“This donation will mean that we are able to monitor our most premature and sickest patients safely. Thank you on behalf of the patients and families who will benefit from this technology.”

To date the Lions Club of Flinders has donated more than $100,000 to Peninsula Health to help promote the health and wellbeing of the local community.

For more information about the Flinders Motoring Heritage event, click here.

To make a gift to support patient care at Peninsula Health, visit peninsulahealth.org.au, call (03) 9788 1284 or email fundraising@phcn.vic.gov.au.