Volunteers sought for Red Nose service

NANAIMO – Holiday service helps keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Despite a successful run so far, Operation Red Nose is looking for more volunteers.

Jeanne Seney, Operation Red Nose coordinator, said the yearly holiday campaign, which sees volunteers acting as designated drivers, picked up 244 people this past weekend. There are 90 volunteers and while there isn’t a shortage, more are welcome.

“If we had more people, we could drive more people home,” said Seney. “We’re meeting all our numbers now but we’re getting busier and the more volunteers we have, the more people that we can take home.”

The remaining dates for people to donate time to are Friday and Saturday (Dec. 19-20), Dec. 26-27 and New Year’s Eve.

Seney said if people want to volunteer, they need to fill out an application and a police information check, which needs to be dropped off at the RCMP detachment on 303 Prideaux St.

She said there isn’t a deadline and prospective volunteers can sign up any time.

“We’re just having a great year and just looking for more people to come and join us and have some fun,” Seney said.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to call 250-740-6572 or go to www.pacificsportvi.com.

Operation Red Nose drivers are available from 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. on the above dates. To reach the hotline, please call 250-755-6969.