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Operation Red Nose a shining success

Nearly 650 vehicles and their occupants made it home safely this past holiday season, thanks to the efforts of the 17th annual Operation Red Nose campaign.

Operation Red Nose is a fundraiser hosted by PacificSport Vancouver Island, with proceeds going to support young athletes, youth sport and physical literacy initiatives.

During select days over November and December, volunteers provide safe, confidential rides home for residents out celebrating the season at Christmas parties or other festive occasions.

The by-donation service logged more than 14,500 kilometres over the 2012 campaign with the help of more than 300 volunteers, and raised more than $14,000.

“This was a very exciting and successful campaign,” said PacificSport program coordinator Catharine Edwards, in a news release.

“The dedication of our incredible volunteers, the support of our media partners and business sponsors ensured that we fulfilled our mission of making our roads a safer place and getting our neighbours home safely.”

On New Year’s Eve alone, 48 volunteers delivered 146 vehicles and their occupants home safely.

The 18th annual Operation Red Nose campaign will ramp up again in September.

For more information on the campaign and PacificSport activities, please visit the website www.pacificsportvi.com.

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