Kamloops No. 1 in province after first weekend of Operation Red Nose

The safe-ride service delivered 188 people and their vehicles home on Friday and Saturday nights

Operation Red Nose in Kamloops has got off to a start that Rudolf would envy.

The safe-ride program began on Nov. 30 and will run for 15 nights through New Year’s Eve.

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Operation Red Nose began on Friday night with the 88 volunteers helping to provide 67 rides. On Saturday, there were 121 rides given. More than $4,000 in donations was collected, with money going to fund PacificSport Interior BC.

After the opening weekend, Kamloops ranks first in B.C. and fifth in Canada in the number of rides given.

The 22nd annual event will continue to offer safe-ride service on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

The program is again aided by ICBC and sees volunteers drive people and their vehicles home.

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. If you are out and about during those hours and need a driver to get you and your vehicle home, call 250-372-5110.

Volunteers are welcome to join. 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.

Operation Red Nose is running 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.

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