“We need about 75 more volunteers, the equivalent of 25 road teams, to help us out on Dec. 31 to meet the demand for rides that we expect,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “Historically in the last 10 years we have provided between 150 to 200 rides alone on New Year’s Eve and right now we don’t have enough teams to ensure everyone gets home safely.”
Those interested in helping out can apply online at www.ornpg.ca. Volunteers who’d like to be part of a road team must be 19 years old and have a valid B.C. driver’s license. Road volunteers can be designated drivers (drive the client’s vehicle), navigators to work with the designated driver and escort drivers (transports the team from the client’s pickup location to the drop-off location.)
So far after four nights of service in 2019, Operation Red Nose has delivered 281 safe rides home.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, 65 volunteers, including 15 teams provided 94 rides, while on Friday, Dec. 6, 77 volunteers, including 19 road teams, provided 89 rides.
“Our volunteers were rock stars especially on Friday night with the snowy road conditions and we appreciated everyone who called us,” said Johnson.
The safe ride home service available during the holiday season is by donation and is organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako in partnership with ICBC and the Prince George RCMP.
Donations that Operation Red Nose receives from clients stay in Prince George and goes directly to local youth and amateur sport organizations.