Operation Red Nose Looking for Volunteers to Keep Streets Safe This Holiday Season

November 9, 2021 at 10:17 am  Kamloops, Municipal, News

Kamloops, BC—The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it is time for Operation Red Nose, a designated driving service that gets you and your vehicle home safely. The service is by donation and is available to any person operating a motor vehicle who does not wish to drive their car for any reason. A person does not have to be drinking to use the service.

PacificSport Interior BC is hosting the 25th Operation Red Nose Campaign in Kamloops, and the service will run 8:00 pm to 2:00 am over 13 nights—November 26 and 27 and December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30, and 31.

“PacificSport Interior BC, the host of Operation Red Nose, is thrilled to be back in full force this year—last year we were only able to do an awareness campaign,” said Carolynn Boomer, Executive Director and Founder of Kamloops Operation Red Nose. “This service is fundamental to our organization and provides a key service to our community during busy nights of festivities. It was missed last year, so we are happy to be able to proceed with health and safety restrictions in place for volunteers and riders.”  

Prevention, safety, and caution are at the heart of Operation Red Nose’s mission and values. For this year’s campaign, all volunteers and those who wish to use the service are required to be double vaccinated. These measures will contribute to the safety of volunteers and clients and will allow Operation Red Nose to successfully provide the service in Kamloops for the 2021 holiday season.

“In 2019, Operation Red Nose had 235 volunteers fill 600 volunteer positions. This year we hope to recruit 250 volunteers,” said Operation Red Nose Coordinator Elsa Poppleton. “We are very grateful for volunteers who come out every year and for new volunteers. I encourage anyone who has volunteered in the past or has thought about it to come out and join us this year—it’s a fun experience.”

Volunteer positions include designated drivers, escort drivers, navigators, phone operators, and dispatchers. Volunteers can team up with their friends, family, or co-workers to form a road team of three or they can volunteer on their own and be paired with other volunteers to form a team. Volunteers can commit to a single evening, multiple evenings, or all 13 nights. Each shift is approximately six hours long.

New volunteers must compete the Operation Red Nose volunteer application form and have a police information check completed by the RCMP with a letter confirming the results. Visit PacificSportInteriorBC.com and go to the Operation Red Nose section. Those who volunteered in 2019 only need to complete the volunteer application form.

Volunteer application forms are also available at the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops Sports Council, and Volunteer Kamloops and are available at OperationRedNose.com. For more information, call 250-320-0650 or email kamloops@operationrednose.com.

Funds raised during the campaign benefit PacificSport Interior BC.

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