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Volunteers needed for annual Operation Red Nose campaign
One of the surest signs of the change of seasons, Operation Red Nose is putting out the annual call for volunteers. Operation Red Nose campaign has become a vital safe driving service during the holiday season.
Since 2002, Delta Gymnastics Society has been the local host of the award winning national program that strives to keep the roads safe while at the same time supports amateur youth sport in the community.
“On any given year, we need over 400 volunteers to provide nine nights of safe driving. This year, we estimate we need another 50 volunteers to keep up with the demand,” said Carlene Lewall, Operation Red Nose Coordinator. “We want to encourage our community to help us keep our roads and families safe by supporting this program. 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 as you are actively helping to keep the roads safe during the busy holiday season; then you can go out and have fun and call Operation Red Nose – it goes both ways.”
Volunteers have to be 19 years and over and are needed to fill many positions. Areas include 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.
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 Nov 29, 30, Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 212 and 31st (New Year’s Eve) between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. All sponsorship and donations received to the campaign will be directed to the Delta Sports Development Centre, helping the youth of our community.
“Last year we had 409 volunteers helping us provide 667 safe rides home and driving over 21,000 kilometers over the course of nine nights,” added Lewall. “Volunteers are the basic ingredient for this excellent program to function. The added benefit is that through this service we benefit both the communities in which we live and we contribute toward amateur sports to benefit youth.”
To get involved call Delta Gymnastics a call 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.