New Year’s Eve in Prince George was a busy one for Operation Red Nose as 90 volunteers, including 24 road teams, delivered 141 safe rides home Tuesday night to wrap up its 2019 season.
“We were happy with how the night unfolded, even though we experienced some technical issues with our phone lines,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “We apologize to those who couldn’t get through, and those who did get through to us our teams picked them up and delivered them home in a timely fashion.
Overall, a total of 905 rides were provided by 200 volunteers in 2019, one of its most busiest seasons in recent history. In 2018, 959 rides were delivered, while in 2017, a total of 838 motorists used the service and another 872 rides were delivered in 2016.
Operation Red Nose is a designated driving service by donation that’s available during the holiday season. All donations go towards youth and amateur sport organizations in Prince George.
“We appreciate everyone’s support of this valuable program from our volunteers and those who call us for a safe ride home,” said Johnson.
Operation Red Nose is organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako in partnership with ICBC and the Prince George RCMP.
A total of 5,399 rides were provided by 3,031 volunteers in B.C. Across Canada, 100 communities offered the service, mobilizing 48,606 volunteers and delivering 69,029 motorists who reached out for a safe ride.