KAMLOOPS — Operation Red Nose is getting ready to ride again, and this year will be bigger than ever, with 18 nights of service, up from 15 last year.
Red Nose plans to provide service on Thursdays this December, but before it does, it's putting out the call for volunteers to ensure streets remain safe in Kamloops.
"The community of Kamloops just loves the service. Last year was the first time in a few years we added a Thursday night and it was a little bit slower but it will build momentum and people will start using the service on that night and the way Christmas falls this year we're able to do that weekend just before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day." says Katie Klassen, Operation Red Nose coordinator.
PacificSport is hosting the 21st campaign in Kamloops and will offer service beginning Nov. 24 and running through New Years Eve. The donation pickup service can be used by anyone who does not wish to drive their vehicle for any reason and will be operating from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. each night.
Last year Kamloops provided 1,241 safe rides over 15 nights, tops among the 12 participating communities in B.C. In addition to that, the service raised almost $33,000 in donations, money that goes to PacificSport in support of local amateur athletes and youth programs.
This year, Operation Red Nose is hoping to recruit 240 to 250 volunteers. Volunteer positions include designated drivers, escort drivers, navigators, phone operators, and dispatchers. Volunteers can team up with their friends, family or co-workers to form a road team of three to escort clients and their vehicles home.
Those wanting to volunteer must complete an Operation Red Nose volunteer application form and have a police information check completed by the RCMP. The application forms are available at the Tournament Capital Centre, ICBC Claim Centre, Volunteer Kamloops, Desert Gardens Community Centre and online at www.operationrednose.com.
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