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Operation Red Nose busy with 244 rides home given

Operation Red Nose delivered 244 safe rides home, covering 5,847 km on its third weekend of service in Prince George.

On Friday – 80 volunteers, including 19 road teams delivered 119 safe rides home, travelling 2,898 km. It was the second-busiest Night 5 in the service’s 21-year history. In 2012, 124 rides were provided on the same night.

“The phones started ringing shortly after 9 p.m. and didn’t really slow down until after 2 a.m.,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “All 19 teams were on the road by 9:45 p.m.”

On Saturday – 67 volunteers, including 16 road teams delivered 125 rides, travelling 2,949 km.  So far after six nights, volunteers have provided 586 rides and travelled 15,048 km. 

As for volunteers, only 16 teams are signed up for New Year’s Eve.

“That number needs to be at least doubled to meet the demand for rides we expect,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “It means at least another 48 volunteers are needed, whether they’ve only volunteered with us one night or are former clients.”

The deadline to drop off applications to the Prince George RCMP is Wednesday, Dec. 19. The application, which includes a Criminal Record Check, is available online at www.ornpg.ca

Red Nose volunteers are back in service on Dec. 21 and 22. Those who require a safe ride home can call 250-962-7433 between 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

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