Operation Red Nose recruiting for its 2016 campaign

Operation Red Nose is back for its 14th year serving the communities of Delta and Richmond.

Operation Red Nose logo

Calling all past and new volunteers to help keep our roads safe this holiday season: Operation Red Nose is back for its 14th year serving the communities of Delta and Richmond.

Since 2002, the Delta Gymnastics Society, in partnership with ICBC, Richmond RCMP and Delta Police, has operated the award winning program in Delta and Richmond. The service is provided from the last weekend of November (25-26) through December (2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 31) between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

“We are so fortunate to have many seasoned volunteers that return year after year to help us out, but as the demand grows, we need to continue to recruit new volunteers,” said Carlene Lewall, Operation Red Nose Coordinator. “We would like to encourage couples, 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 giving back to keep your neighbours safe.”

Volunteers are needed in the dispatch office, as are drivers and navigators. All volunteers are required to complete a criminal record check (at no cost to them) prior to participating in the program. Training is provided so no experience is necessary.

“If you want to learn more about this program, join us at our orientation session on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn at 7:00 p.m.,” Lewall added. “We also have an orientation each night prior to driving.”

Operation Red Nose was founded in Quebec in 1984 to combat impaired driving while at the same time supporting amateur sport in our communities. The program’s goal is to make sure that anyone who has been drinking, or is too tired, does not drive. By simply calling the dispatch number, a team of three volunteers will pick you and your vehicle up from your event and take you home safely. By offering a completely safe, free, confidential way to get home, lives will be saved on our roadways.

“We could not operate this program without our valuable volunteers. Last year we had 392 volunteers who did 592 rides,” Lewall said. “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 at 604-943-0460 or email orn@operationrednosedelta.com. Volunteer applications are also available on the ORN Delta website at operationrednosedelta.com.

For additional information, please contact Operation Red Nose – Delta & Richmond Region through Carlene Lewall, Delta Gymnastics Society, at 604-943-0460 or clewall@ deltagymnastics.com.

Just Posted

PART ONE: Surrey’s Matt Desrocher conquers demons with wrestling

After a rocky upbringing, Desrocher learned valuable lessons during his journey up wrestling’s ladder

Surrey’s Eric Basran named to 2018 Commonwealth Games

The 18-year-old was one of seven Canadians who were chosen to participate internationally

Surrey businesses surveyed about government red tape

City of Surrey best, feds the worst, according to respondents

Surrey driver crashes into tree after going into cardiac arrest

Westbound on 64th Avenue is closed at 144th Street

Have your say: Cloverdale-Langley City MP invites feedback on the 2018 Federal Budget

Four surveys available to provide feedback on ‘progress for middle class,’ gender equality and more

Me Too At Work: Sexual assault and harassment in the B.C. workplace

Introducing an in-depth look at who is affected and what can be done

Greater Vancouver house prices expected to rise five per cent in 2018

Strict incoming mortgage rules will slow growth for first half of 2018

5 to start your day

Large drug bust in Abbotsford, a look at sexual harassment in the workplace and more

Four-month-old baby girl stabbed in Toronto

The baby, a man and a woman in serious condition

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

Police appeal for info after girl, 11, hit in New Westminster crosswalk

Child was left with non-life threatening injuries

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Most Read