Hospital hijinks as fundraiser goes into overdrive
SPRINTING to push their team's hospital bed around the car park track was a task competitors of the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary fundraiser fete didn't take lying down.
The six teams involved dressed to impress on Saturday, making it difficult to decide what was more frightening - their costumes or the close calls as they sped around the race track corners.
The 'Freshies' team from the Lismore Base Hospital coffee shop had the added difficulty of completing the course in large cardboard costumes.
"We run the coffee shop at the hospital so we decided our theme would be zombie coffee cups," team member Thomas Mackney said.
"The third corner was the most difficult… that was the dead zone, all visibility lost, no traction.
"There were a few design flaws with the cup (costumes) and we'll remedy that for next year."
It's the second year the fete has run, with last year's inaugural event bringing in more than $10,000 for the purchase of new, specialised beds that can be lowered to the floor.
Richmond Clarence health services group executive director Lynne Weir said the success of last year's inaugural fete prompted a second year.
"Last year was very successful, we raised $10,000 and it was lovely to see all the community here being involved in the hospital."
"The money this year will be going towards some equipment for theatre."
Other activities included prizes for the best children's Halloween costume, prizes for the best Halloween pumpkin, a jumping castle, stalls, charity vegetable auction, petting zoo, live performances and food and drinks.