Operation Red Nose revs up to get you home safely
Operation Red Nose is available to take you and your vehicle home from your night out.
Whether you have enjoyed some seasonal cheer or you are simply too tired to drive after a Christmas Party, dinner with friends or a visit to the local pub or restaurant - let Operation Red Nose be your choice to get you home safely.
“Our team of volunteer drivers and dispatchers is ready to do their part in keeping our roads safe this holiday season,” said Carlene Lewall, Operation Red Nose, Delta-Richmond chair.
Last year thanks to the help of 360 volunteers, Operation Red Nose Delta-Richmond, gave close to 650 rides to about 2,000 individuals in the course of 9 nights. “One statistic that is not included is the number of lives that were probably saved by keeping our roads safe during those busy nights,” added Lewall.
With tough drinking and driving laws in our province and the devastating effects of an accident caused by the effects of alcohol, the Operation Red Nose campaign is an excellent safe driving option. Since 2002, Delta Gymnastics Society has been the local host of the award winning national program that strives to provide road safety while at the same time supports amateur youth sport in the community. The difference between this service and a regular taxi service is that both the driver and their vehicle are taken back to their homes.
“Many of our Delta Gymnastics coaches, staff, parents and athletes get directly involved in the campaign,“ explained Lewall. “The funds raised through sponsorship, donations and tips are all directed to the improvement of our facility and equipment to benefit all of our participants.”
Volunteers are still needed – especially on New Year’s Eve. “That night all our calls start after midnight so our volunteers still have an opportunity to enjoy a great dinner hosted at our facility and ring in the New Year. Shortly after the real fun begins!” said Lewall.
Anyone over the age of 19 is encouraged to help keep the roads and families safe by volunteering for this program. There are many positions that need to be filled including dispatch office, greeters, drivers and navigators. All volunteers are required to complete a criminal record check prior to participating in the program at no cost to the volunteer. “All volunteers receive an orientation prior to their shift. Invite your spouse, co-workers or friends to come one night and drive people to and from your community. It is a fun and rewarding experience,” encouraged Lewall.
This year Operation Red Nose, in partnership with ICBC, Richmond RCMP, Delta Police and many local sponsors, will service the communities of Delta and Richmond on Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22 and 31st (New Year’s Eve) between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
To get involved call Delta Gymnastics at 604-943-0460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteer applications are also available on the web on the ORN Delta website www.operationrednosedelta.com.