Operation Red Nose Prince George is celebrating its 20th year in the city and is asking those to be a ‘deer’ and volunteer for its 2017 campaign.
The designated driving service available during the holiday season relies on an army of volunteers to help keep Prince George roads safe.
“We already have 88 volunteer applications so far this year, but we’d love to have a total of 300 to ensure we can meet the demand for rides we expect during the holiday season,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson, in a press release. “Our volunteers who return year after year have a great time knowing they’ve made a difference in the community. We guarantee new volunteers will feel the same way.”
Volunteers must be 19 years old and have a valid driver’s license. They can be part of a road team of three or work behind the scenes answering phones at Operation Red Nose headquarters.
Applications, which include a criminal record check form, are now available online at www.ornpg.ca. Volunteers can simply fill it out, print it out and take it, along with their driver’s license, to the RCMP’s main detachment on Victoria Street.
Entering its 20th season, the free, seasonal service, organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako, in partnership with the RCMP and ICBC, allows party-goers to not only get themselves home safely, but their vehicles too. The service is available on nine nights during the holiday season to those who do not feel fit to drive.
The safe ride home service is free and any donations Operation Red Nose does receive from clients stay in Prince George and goes directly to local youth and amateur sport organizations.
On average, about 15 road teams of three will be on call each night of service, working from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. This year, Operation Red Nose will be in service Dec. 1 and 2, Dec. 8 and 9, Dec. 15 and 16, Dec. 29, 30 and New Year’s Eve.
In 2016, 872 safe rides home in 10 nights were delivered in Prince George.
In 2015, 1,059 safe rides home in nine nights were delivered which ranked Prince George second overall out of 13 communities in B.C.