News

Operation Red Nose more than doubles donations for first week

The first weekend of the 2012 Operation Red Nose campaign saw donations and rides more than double over the same time last year, thanks to the addition of service to Burnaby and New Westminster.

The first night ever for the program in Burnaby saw volunteers provide 14 rides in that city, while in New Westminster six rides were delivered, according to Chris Wilson, coordinator for the local Operation Red Nose campaign based out of the Tri-Cities.

Last weekend, the program's 53 volunteers provided 84 rides, drove 2,687 kilometres and collected $3,015 donations for KidSport.

The same weekend in 2011 saw 40 rides given, 1,338 kilometres driven and $1,455 in donations.

The program allows people to book a ride when they decide they shouldn't drive home from a Christmas party. A team of three volunteers arrives—two to drive the client home or to their destination in the client's own vehicle, and the third to follow behind in the team's car.

Donations are accepted and all the money goes to KidSport groups in Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.

Remaining dates for Operation Red Nose are Friday and Saturday nights, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., on Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 31. Took book a ride, call 778-866-6673 about a half-hour beforehand.

Volunteers are still needed and must be a minimum of 19 years old, and require a free criminal record check. To volunteer, email orn@shaw.ca.

twitter.com/WandaChow

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Arrests of pipeline protesters in Burnaby signal start of long battle
 
Police prepared to call in reinforcements to Burnaby Mountain
 
More arrests on Burnaby Mountain Saturday
Rare pinto deer shot and killed
 
Langley RCMP release sketch of hammer attacker
 
Hometown Hockey arrives in Kelowna
Election 2014: Wright, McIntosh to get $70K for saying bye
 
RCMP members recognized for bravery
 
Chilliwack hillsides plan takes servicing into account

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.