Operation Red Nose has busy first weekend

Operation Red Nose volunteers officially kick off the 2017 campaign on the steps of City Hall Tuesday. Bill Phillips photo
Operation Red Nose volunteers officially kick off the 2017 campaign on the steps of City Hall.

Operation Red Nose Prince George delivered a total of 156 rides on its opening weekend, Dec. 1 and 2.

 

Friday, Dec. 1, 76 volunteers, including 16 road teams of three, delivered 57 safe rides home, travelling 1,437 km.

 

Compared to the same night in last year, we provided 47 rides home and 95 rides each in 2015 and 2014.

 

On Saturday, Dec. 2, there were 77 volunteers, including 18 road teams who delivered 99 safe rides home, travelling 2,471 km.

 

That is four more rides than we delivered on the same night in 2016. On the same night in 2014, we provided 148 rides, our highest total so far in our 20-year history.

 

“We are happy with how the weekend unfolded and a steady stream of calls requesting rides began right after 9 p.m. when our phone lines were opened on both nights,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Prince George spokesperson. “It was definitely busier Saturday and we had more than enough teams to meet the demand for rides.”

 

Operation Red Nose returns to action next weekend, Dec. 8 and 9. Volunteers are still needed for New Year’s Eve. Applications are available online at www.ornpg.ca