Valerie Earle, in admissions, left, and nurses Rebecca Dick and Kailee Mann were among the health-care workers outside NRGH waving as the Cars 4 COVID cruise passed by the hospital’s emergency department on Saturday night. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Car cruise offers a roar of support for Nanaimo’s health-care workers

Cars 4 COVID event Saturday saw 130 vehicles make their way from south Nanaimo to NRGH

Classic cars and other awesome autos honked for health-workers last night.

The Cars 4 COVID cruise happened Saturday, starting at Southgate Shopping Centre and arriving at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in time for a 7 p.m. salute to health-care workers.

Earlier this week, organizers had heard interest from more than 60 motorists, but by Saturday, the turnout ended up being somewhere around 130 vehicles.

“I knew there’d be quite a bit of cars show up because I know how good Nanaimo’s car community is, but I didn’t realize there’d be 130 cars,” said Chris Thibert, organizer of Nanaimo’s Cars 4 COVID event.

The cruise happened simultaneously in four B.C. communities – Victoria, Comox Valley and Burnaby also held events – to raise money for the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Research Funds.

The Nanaimo cruise didn’t go exactly as planned, Thibert said. Some motorists didn’t physically distance as well as he would have liked at the start of the cruise, and miscommunication about the route resulted in the vehicles packing the drive to and from the emergency department.

However, Thibert saw afterward that nurses had posted video of the cruise on social media and responded positively to the motorists’ show of support.

“Great positive feedback on it, which is what made me happy, because I was a little bit worried about the whole situation, because it took about 15 minutes for all the cars to pass through there and then more than three-quarters of them went through emergency. I didn’t want to upset the hospital and their functions,” Thibert said.

The next cruise is tentatively planned for May 2. For more information, visit the Cars 4 COVID Facebook page.

This feel-good story is part of the #WereInThisTogether campaign by Black Press Media. Have an uplifting story that you think would bring joy to readers? Email your story, photos and videos to

READ ALSO: Cool cars will cruise through Nanaimo to raise money in COVID-19 fight

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Shopping resumes aboard Nanaimo ferry sailings

B.C. Ferries to reopen gift shops on Queen of Cowichan and Queen of Oak Bay

City of Nanaimo reports on its salaries, expenses and payments

Municipality files statement of financial information with B.C. government

City of Nanaimo challenges families to Instagram their park explorations

ParkIt challenge set up to offer prizes to cap off days at the park

Nanaimo RCMP want speeding motorists to ‘slow the blazes down’

Police raise alarm after seeing 400-per cent rise in excessive speeding tickets last month

Top central Vancouver Island health official retires

Island Health says Dr. Paul Hasselback’s replacement to be named shortly

Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

B.C. announced the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel last month

Conservatives say police should be called into investigate WE charity scandal

Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest

Amber Alert continues for missing Quebec girls, 6 and 11, and their father

Police issued the alert for Norah Carpentier, 11, and Romy Carpentier, 6, from Levis, Que.

Limit police access to lethal weapons in Indigenous communities: Justice Summit

Grassroots-organized National Indigenous Justice Summit was a free-to-attend two-day videoconference

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

B.C. ports part of data integration project to protect marine ecosystems

The $1.2 M federally funded program will draw crucial baseline data from Canada’s three coastlines

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Most Read