dying man's wish has been granted in Dunedin.
Jared Noel (32), of Auckland, found a shiny black 2013 Audi
A4 Allroad Quattro in his in-laws' Roslyn driveway yesterday
Mr Noel, who has terminal cancer, has always admired Audis
and longed to drive one.
So, when his wife Hannah's best friend won a raffle for the
weekend use of a luxury car, she made every effort to ensure
Mr Noel could cross the Audi drive off his bucket list.
And he did - with vigour.
Mr Noel yesterday took his wife for a spin in the $75,000
With 2000km on the odometer, the automatic 2 litre diesel was
a pleasure to drive, he said.
''Of all the cars I've ever liked, the Audi is the one I've
always wanted and hoped to eventually own one day. This is
great. I'll have a lot of fun driving it,'' he said.
Mr Noel was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008 and has since
undergone 66 rounds of chemotherapy and two major surgeries,
but in October doctors told him the cancer had grown and he
was unlikely to live past Christmas without more
His main focus was to live for the birth of his first child,
a girl due on January 21.
A page on fundraising website Givealittle was established
recently to raise $60,000 for 10 courses of the drug Avastin,
which could slow the growth of Mr Noel's tumours and prolong
Within a day, almost $100,000 was donated through the page,
created by Mrs Noel's best friend Anna Irving, who was also
behind yesterday's Audi surprise.
Mrs Irving, of New Plymouth, and Mrs Noel (nee Ross) were
born hours apart at Queen Mary Hospital and have been friends
all their lives, both attending Columba College.
Mrs Irving could not be in Dunedin yesterday, but her parents
and sister filmed Mr Noel's discovery of the Audi. Speaking
from New Plymouth, Mrs Irving said it was a ''remarkable
coincidence'' she came to receive the hospice raffle prize.
''Jared is an Audi nut and he's been talking about how much
he wanted to drive an Audi, so I tried to hire one for a
weekend for him in Auckland but I had no luck with dealers up
there and had given up. Then I got a call from the hospice
saying I had won a raffle prize for a children's bedroom
''I'm renting and didn't have any need for it, so ended up
swapping prizes with the other winner, and it just so
happened that prize was an Audi for a weekend,'' she said.
Mrs Irving has just moved from Palmerston North, where she
won the raffle prize from the town's Armstrong Prestige
She arranged with dealership general manager Simon Jackson,
originally from Dunedin, to have the Audi shipped to Dunedin
for Mr Noel's use instead.
Mr Jackson flew south to pick up and deliver the car, and
said the company was happy to cover the costs for such a good
Mr and Mrs Noel are visiting Dunedin for the wedding today of
Mrs Noel's brother James, and will return to Auckland on
Mr Noel was initially speechless when surprised by the car,
then said it should suffice as wedding transport.
''I'll probably be driving in more style than the groom. It's