Operation Red Nose ready to ride into 22nd year

The 22nd annual Operation Red Nose campaign will be taking passengers in Kamloops from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.

The safe-ride service — operated via donations, with proceeds locally going to PacificSport to support amateur athletes and youth programs — is again aided by ICBC and sees volunteers drive people and their vehicles home.

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Operation Red Nose will operate in 102 communities across Canada, including 11 in B.C.

Last year, Kamloops was again the No. 1 performer in the province, with volunteers completing 1,338 rides during 18 days of service.

This year, volunteers will cover 15 nights of safe rides home beginning Nov. 30, nearly doubling the number of nights most other cities are able to provide.

Operation Red Nose will be running on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Hours of operation will be from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays and from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The number to call when the service begins is 250-372-5110.

So far, the organization has 60 volunteers on board and is hoping for that number to balloon to 250 before drivers hit the road.

New volunteers must get a criminal record check through the RCMP, but volunteers returning from last year need only complete a Red Nose application form.

Application forms can be found at the Tournament Capital Centre, ICBC claims centre, Volunteer Kamloops and Desert Gardens.

They can also be found online at operationrednose.com.

For more information on the process, and to volunteer, contact Shanon Guglielmini by phone at 250-320-0650 or by email at kamloops@operationrednose.com.

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