Auto enthusiasts cruise past Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Saturday night at the second Cars 4 COVID event. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Car enthusiasts in Nanaimo drive support for health charity during pandemic

Cars 4 COVID’s second event raises nine times as much money as the first

Owners of cool cars in the region took their charitable efforts to another gear this weekend.

The second Cars 4 COVID event Saturday raised almost nine times as much money as the first event.

Drivers of all kinds of cool and classic cars cruised from the south end of the city to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on May 9 in time for a 7 p.m. salute to health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the event’s Facebook page, coordinators Chris Thibert and Mathew James said that $4,171 was raised for the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation. Island GM and Nissan of Nanaimo each contributed $1,500.

“The experience is such a treat. To see everyone enjoy the cruise and support our cause is heart-warming,” the post noted.

For more information about Cars 4 COVID, click here. To donate to the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, click here.

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

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