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Red Nose work fun, helpful

Of the many comments made by Operation Red Nose volunteers, one of the most widely heard is how much fun everyone has taking part in the program.

PacificSport Vancouver Island, which hosts the designated driver program, wants as many people as possible to take part in the fun and is kicking off its volunteer recruitment campaign with a fun and informative evening for all who wish to volunteer.

The Operation Red Nose volunteer meet and greet takes place Tuesday (Oct. 4) at 7 p.m. in Bldg. 100 at Vancouver Island University.

The program is looking for volunteer drivers, navigators, escort drivers, mascots, dispatchers and headquarters assistants.

Red Nose is celebrating its 16th campaign of creating safer communities by providing an alternative to drinking and driving during the holiday season.

Proceeds support local athletes and youth through programs and services such as the Don Long Bursary, XploreSportZ, Active Star and PacificSport Youth Leadership.

The service is free however, donations are received.  Operation Red Nose is a confidential service and is available to any person operating a motor vehicle who does not wish to drive their car for any reason.

Last year, nearly 200 volunteers were able to get more than 1,400 people home safely over the 10 days of the campaign.

“This shows the dedication of the volunteers, but it also shows the dire need of this service in our community,” said Catharine Edwards, program coordinator, PacificSport Vancouver Island.

For more information, please call 250-740-6572 or e-mail nanaimo@operationrednose.com.

 

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