Operation Red Nose begins Friday

Volunteers with Operation Red Nose are ramping up for this year's campaign which begins Friday, Nov. 27.

Volunteers with Operation Red Nose are ramping up for this year’s campaign which begins Friday, Nov. 27.

“We’ve already had people calling to let us know they are having parties and pre-booking,” said Dave Dickson, community safety co-ordinator.  “It’s great.”

For its 20th annual campaign in the province, Operation Red Nose invites the residents of Williams Lake to get “home safe home” by calling upon its services from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31.

Many residents will hit the road and will take concrete actions to provide residents with an additional option to get home safe, using Operation Red Nose, which is supported by its founding partner ICBC, Dickson said.

This year Operation Red Nose is launching a new mobile app for Apple and Android phones in every province where the service is provided.

To carry out the service, teams of three volunteers travel the roads and highways while allowing the community to raise funds which directly support youth organizations and amateur sports in Williams Lake.

Recipients of this year’s campaign are Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastics, Williams Lake Skating Club, Cariboo-Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society and Blue Fins.

“The Williams Lake RCMP are very supportive of this worthwhile program,” said RCMP Insp. Milo MacDonald.  “The program assists with the RCMP vision of ‘Safe Community, Safe homes’.”

In Williams Lake, Operation Red Nose received support from the City of Williams Lake, RCMP, Mike Austin Financial, Community Policing, CFFM Radio, The Tribune, Lake City Ford, Cariboo GM, Heartland Toyota, Gustafson’s Chrysler Jeep, Ron Ridley Rental, Taylor Made Cakes and Sweets, Progressive Printers Inc., Red Tomato Pies and  Panago Pizza.

The 2015 campaign also marks an important chapter in the history of Operation Red Nose, since the organization will reach the impressive milestone of two million rides on Nov.  28.

This number represents the number of Canadians who have made the responsible decision to plan a safe ride by calling upon the Operation Red Nose service to get home safe.

“This accomplishment would never have been possible without the participation of some 1,100,000 volunteers whom, through the years, have contributed to improving road safety in their community” Dickson said. “Their relentless commitment to road safety has been the foundation of Operation Red Nose’s success since the beginning.”

Operation Red Nose will be available November  27 and 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12,18,19 and New Year’s evening operational from 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. by phoning 250-392-2222.

For further inquiries or advise of function that you be hosting, please contact Dave Dickson at 250 392-8701 or david.dickson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.



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