AFTER working into the small hours on Friday, Vaughan Henderson was woken from a deep sleep to learn he had won an $85,000, 2021 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback.
The hospital theatre suite assistant said he was half asleep when he got the news he had won first prize in the Southland Charity Hospital raffle.
“It certainly woke me up. At first I thought it was a dream and it still feels like a dream.
“It’s way too surreal.”
It only took him about 30 minutes from being woken up to joining the live draw team.
By then his phone “was blowing up left, right and centre” with congratulations from well-wishers.
Since winning the Mustang, he had traded in his Holden SS Commodore.
“I got quite a bit of stick about going from a Holden to a Ford.
“The Holden people are going to be a bit annoyed at me, but I’ve definitely been converted.”
Mr Henderson said he had originally bought two raffle tickets but felt he had to buy another.
“I was sitting in the car and got this gut feeling I had to buy a third ticket.”
The third ticket he bought was the winner.
Southland Charity Hospital Board member Melissa Vining said medical equipment would be bought with the expected $360,000 raised from the 4150 tickets sold.
Mrs Vining said Covid-19 in the community had forced the Southland Charity Hospital Fundraising and Events Committee to think outside the square to raise the $1 million needed for hospital equipment and assets.
“We’re so grateful to all those who have helped us throughout this fundraiser. Those who made this draw possible and those who helped make it so successful. We’re also grateful to all those who have bought tickets and supported the hospital,” she said.
The hospital project is in construction and is expected to be completed this year.