The Vancouver Island Toyota 4x4 Club is offering free rides to any hospital staff that can’t make it to work due to snow. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island 4×4 club offers free rides to hospital staff

One member says he’s helped more than 20 nurses in the past couple days

The Vancouver Island Toyota 4×4 club is offering free rides to any hospital staff who are unable to make it into work because of the snow.

Jacob Vanoverschot, a spokesperson for the club, said Wednesday morning he had given rides to 21 nurses in the past couple days.

RELATED: How to give back during Victoria’s cold snap

“It started up in Duncan, a couple of people organizing it up there, so I decided to call the hospital and put my name down for nurses to call me if they needed help,” Vanoverschot said. “There were, I think, three or four other people in Victoria that helped and a good half a dozen up in Duncan that were helping out.”

While spending the day driving through the snowstorm might not be your idea of fun, Vanoverschot said he had a great time.

RELATED: Cowichan, Sooke, Nanaimo, Victoria, Saanich schools remain closed

“It’s such an amazing feeling, it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done in my life so far,” he said. “Everyone has been so thankful … we’ve been told that we’ve helped the hospital so much, extra surgeries were able to be performed and patient care got sped up because there were extra nurses to help.”

And while Vanoverschot did not continue the service Wednesday, other members of the club will be available for anyone needing a ride to the hospital or a different medical facility. If you’re stuck and need to organize a ride call 250-370-8000 and an operator will be able to help.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

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

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Heavy patches of fog along Malahat Tuesday afternoon

Drivers should use caution, drive slow along Okotoks Drive

West Shore RCMP seek man wanted on four counts of breaching court conditions

Christopher Elliott, 28, described as Caucasian with black hair, brown eyes

Work has started on Malahat Skywalk, expected completion in 2021

$15-million project expected to open in spring, 2021

Robbie Burns Day celebrated in Saanich Peninsula

Robert Burns is celebrated for his contribution to Scottish culture

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

POLL: Are you concerned about the coronavirus?

The coronavirus which has sparked concern around the globe has now arrived… Continue reading

Greater Victoria’s wanted list for the week of Jan. 28

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Baby Bear statue returned to be reunited with Mama and Papa in Island Secret Garden spot

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Most Read