Volunteers needed for Chilliwack Operation Red Nose

Drivers can get you safely from here to there this holiday season, from Richmond to Harrison Hot Springs

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Operation Red Nose Campaign, which will operate November 25, 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, and New Year’s Eve. Operation Red Nose is a free and confidential volunteer designated driver service designed to combat drinking and driving and promote road safety.

Over 150 Volunteers are needed to ensure another successful campaign. Volunteer registration is now underway and applications can be obtained from the Chilliwack RCMP detachment at 45924 Airport Road or by calling 604-393-3023. Volunteers are needed to drive client vehicles, escort vehicles, navigate, dispatch, and operate the telephones.

In 2010, Operation Red Nose provided local residents with 738 safe rides. Teams of three road volunteers pick up clients and drive them to their destination in their own vehicle. The service is available to anyone who does not feel fit to drive and clients can get from Harrison Hot Springs to Richmond.

Returning in 2011 is the ‘Socially Responsible Establishment’ program, where local pubs, bars, night clubs and restaurants that sponsor the program encourage patrons to make use of Operation Red Nose and promote the service within their premises. The 2010 award was presented to Mr. John Toussaint Owner of Friendly Mike’s Pub for the second time (photo attached).

Chilliwack Restorative Justice & Youth Advocacy Association is the local host organization.  Provincial sponsors are ICBC, CTV, and TELUS.

Local committed sponsors to date include Kal-Tire Retread plant, Homelife Glenayre Realty, Langley Concrete, Vedder Mountain Veterinary Clinic, Don Murphy’s Suzuki, HUB International Barton’s Insurance, Posh Paws City Kennel, Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, The Hawk, STAR-FM, Shaw Cable, The Chilliwack Progress, The Chilliwack Times, Minuteman Press, The Coast Hotel, and The City of Chilliwack.

Operation Red Nose is a National campaign with over 100 host organizations in Canada and 11 in British Columbia. Dr. Jean-Marie De Koninck from the University of Laval developed the concept and the program was first launched in Quebec City in1984.

For additional information on becoming a volunteer or a sponsor, please call 604-393-3023.