Operation Red Nose gave 166 rides home New Year’s Eve

 

Operation Red Nose teams were in demand on New Year’s Eve, delivering 166 safe rides home to Prince George party-goers who rang in 2018.

 

In all, 87 volunteers, including 24 volunteer road teams, travelled 3,281 km criss-crossing the city to get everyone home safely.

 

A total of 838 safe rides were provided in 2017, which also include the 41 rides provided on Saturday, Dec. 30 and 25 on Friday, Dec. 29.

 

“We appreciate everyone who gave us a call on New Year’s Eve and waited for us to arrive despite the long wait times that occurred after midnight,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “Our amazing volunteers did their best. We apologize to those we did not get to or had to turn away since they were outside city limits simply because we did not have enough teams available.

 

“We are though pretty happy with how the overall season unfolded and youth and amateur sport groups in Prince George will benefit from our clients’ generosity through their donations.”

 

Compared to 2017, there were 872 rides delivered in 2016 and 1,059 rides in 2015.

 

Prince George is one of 11 communities in B.C. where Operation Red Nose exists. Nationally, 51,261 volunteers in 100 Canadian communities delivered 71,430 safe rides home.

 

Operation Red Nose Prince George is organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako in partnership with ICBC and the Prince George RCMP.