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Operation Red Nose puts call out for volunteers

Operation Red Nose Prince George is celebrating its 22nd year in the city and is asking those to volunteer one night or more.

The designated driving service available during the holiday season relies on an army of volunteers to help keep Prince George roads safe.

This year, Operation Red Nose will be in service Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6, and 7, Dec. 13 and 14, Dec. 20 and 21, and New Year’s Eve.

“We’d love to have a total of 300 volunteers to ensure we can meet the demand for rides we expect during the holiday season, especially on New Year’s Eve,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “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 licence. They can be part of a road team of three or work behind the scenes answering phones at Operation Red Nose headquarters.

The process to apply for those who have volunteered with Operation Red Nose the last three years with a clear Criminal Record Check has been streamlined.

When veteran volunteers apply online at www.ornpg.ca, the application will indicate whether or not they can forego the Criminal Record Check screening.

They are asked to simply fill out their application online, print it off, sign it and drop it off with Karen at T & S Communications, 2276 Nicholson St. 

All new volunteers, or those who have less than three years experience with us, must fill out the standard application that includes a Criminal Record Check. They must print it out and take it, along with their driver’s license, to the RCMP’s main detachment on Victoria Street. The RCMP will call the volunteers if they have cleared the Criminal Record Check. Volunteers must pick their cleared applications up and drop them off with Karen at T & S Communications, 2276 Nicholson St. 

Entering its 22nd season, the 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 by donation on nine nights during the holiday season to those who do not feel fit to drive.

Donations that Operation Red Nose receives 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.

In 2018, 959 safe rides home were delivered in Prince George. In 2017, 838 safe rides home in nine nights were were provided, while in 2016, 872 rides were given and and 1,059 safe rides in 2015.

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